We are relocating our premises that will result in some staff having to travel over 2 hours to and from work by public transport. Based on this relocation, will their roles be genuinely made redundant? We are considering offering voluntary redundancy but don’t want to create an avalanche of employees wanting that. Can we offer voluntary redundancy to specific people only?
A role can be made redundant due to a change in location that the role is to be performed, but there are a number of factors to take into account, including whether additional pay was offered to compensate for additional travel time and cost.
If the refusal to accept the change – the relocation – is unreasonable, an employer who obtains acceptable alternative
employment for an employee who would otherwise be entitled to redundancy pay, may apply for an exemption. However, an exemption would most likely be unsuccessful if the offer of redeployment was for a lesser position and/or lower wage because it would not be considered acceptable alternative employment.