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Q: "We practise "last in, first out" when carrying out redundancies. Should this be department by department or across the board?"
A: You may choose either method but must then apply it consistently. You must not mix and match. As the method is likely to select younger rather than older people it will almost certainly contravene the age discrimination legislation that comes into law on 1 October 2006. You would do far better to use a system that reflects the needs of the business. Identify the important factors to consider such as skill, flexibility and so on, and give each a relative weighting. Then arrange for each employee in the affected areas to be evaluated by at least two people.
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