Redundancy is a difficult process, requiring the employer to balance the needs of the business with handling the procedure lawfully and sensitively.
Before embarking on a redundancy process, the employer is required to consider alternative options, including redundancy bumping.
What is redundancy bumping?
Redundancy bumping, or more technically referred to as a transferred redundancy, is where an employee whose job is not redundant is dismissed to make way for another employee whose role has become redundant. This often happens when a more senior role needs to go following, for example, a business restructure, leaving more junior roles untouched.
A transferred redundancy, or redundancy bumping, is therefore the process in which an employee whose role is actually at risk of redundancy is redeployed into an alternative role and the individual who previously undertook that role is dismissed as redundant instead.