Frequently Asked Employment Questions

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Topic: Redundancy

What is "bumping"?

Bumping occurs when you offer a soon-to-be redundant employee a position currently held by someone else and that other person is then made redundant instead. The key benefit of bumping is that it can enable you to retain highly valued, skilled or experienced members of staff that otherwise you may lose during a redundancy programme. Although it can cause considerable resentment (particularly on the part of the ousted employee), it's perfectly legal providing a fair process is followed. You don't have to automatically consider bumping in every redundancy programme but do at least consider the possibility of it where it's appropriate to do so. If you discard it as an impractical option, keep a note of why you reached that decision, e.g. the roles are very different and require different skills, qualifications and experience. Tip. One of the most effective uses of bumping is where you have a poor performer in a role that's not affected by redundancy. You can move an employee that you want to keep into it whilst getting rid of the one that doesn't meet your needs.