Any uncertainty over potential job losses can be very distressing for workers and employers. An ongoing dialogue between the two sides on the state of the business and future prospects can be useful in preparing people for the possibility of bad news. It may even provide the chance of agreeing steps to limit or avoid any damage.
It can also help if everyone is clear about the rights and issues surrounding different scenarios, including redundancy, lay-offs and short-time working and transfer of undertakings (TUPE).
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