Pick a number: redundancy pool of one was not unreasonable

An issue that comes up fairly regularly in redundancy selection is whether employers must consider all employees in similar roles or whether they can opt for a ‘pool of one’.

The claimant in Prince v Groundwork Wrexham & Flintshire was dismissed for redundancy from her senior management post as part of a restructuring, necessitated by her employer’s financial problems.

The executive director had produced a restructuring plan based on the conclusion that the employers had too many managers and insufficient staff actually delivering their services. The plan involved the reduction of four management posts to two. Four employees, including the claimant, were identified as potentially redundant and, under the proposed new structure, the claimant’s post was no longer present. The claimant produced her own document suggesting an alternative way forward but the executive director’s plan was agreed by the board and the claimant was made redundant…

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