We are closing down a business employing eight staff. Are we able, due to the sensitive nature of the business (which will be performed from different premises) to advise staff of closure and dismiss/lay off staff simultaneously or must we follow the official redundancy procedure which is geographically difficult. We would pay staff their notice period and redundancy pay and holiday pay due but do not require staff to work their notice period.

There is no express contractual right in contracts to allow this but understand that ‘there is a general right at common law to tell most employees not to turn up for work’.

Would appreciate advice.