By Grace Normoyle, Sheffield Hallam Law Student
With tier three restrictions now in force in Sheffield, local businesses face yet more financial uncertainty over the coming months, leaving many employees anxious about the future of their jobs and the prospect of redundancy. According to the Office for National Statistics, the UK unemployment rate has surged to its highest level in over three years, and redundancies are at their highest level since 2009. The challenges of the pandemic have resulted in some employers acting in haste and dismissing employees without due process. A recent report by the Citizens Advice Bureau emphasised the scale of this redundancy crisis, stating that 1 in 6 of the working population are now facing the prospect of redundancy. Furthermore, the most vulnerable in society will be the worst affected, with the report warning that disabled people and those with caring responsibilities are most at risk of losing their jobs.
In times like these, pro-bono work has never been more vital to ensure employment rights are upheld, especially for those that may otherwise not seek legal help. SHU Law has its own employment law team which can provide advice for those that may have been unfairly dismissed in recent months, with legal advice and representation being free of charge. If you are worried about redundancy or unfair dismissal please contact SHU Law on 0114 225 6666 to see what options are available to you.