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What decides the ‘suitability’ of an alternative role during redundancy?

In the case of Asif v Elmbridge Borough Council the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that it was reasonable for an employer not to offer a redundant employee an alternative job, which became available after a colleague resigned from a post newly created following a reorganisation.

The case emphasises the need for employers to have objective reasons for saying 'sorry, this is not a suitable alternative for you'.  The employee may not like the answer, but at least they will understand the decision making a challenge less likely.  If however a claim is made, then it can be robustly defended, including using data from the original selection exercise where this is appropriate.  If you are in a redundancy situation and require any assistance or guidance please contact ann@s15hrservices.co.uk who will be able to advise as appropriate.