Job cuts due to the pandemic

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Job cuts due to the pandemic

January 18th, 2021, Blog
Premier Inn owner to cut 1,500 jobs
Whitbread who owns Premier Inns are to cut around 1,500 jobs as sales have more than halved due to the coronavirus lockdowns.
Norwegian cuts over 1,000 jobs at Gatwick airport
Budget airline Norwegian has cut 1,100 pilot and cabin crew jobs at Gatwick airport as the company has axed their long-haul network. The airline reported a £442m loss in the first six months of the year, and in August 2020 Norwegian announced they will need more financial support as direct result of the pandemic.

From an employment perspective, this presents many challenges. Furlough is still a reality, and levels of redundancies continue to be high (especially in sectors such as aviation, hospitality and retail).

It is important to get proper advice from a trusted legal advisor before, for example embarking on a redundancy process, or putting someone on furlough, or simply deciding to terminate an employee’s employment. They should be dealt with in accordance with the correct law and procedures, or the adverse consequences could be costly.

For those employers who are still looking to employ new staff, or for those employees who are starting new jobs, it is also important to ensure that the documents you are signing adequately protect you.

If you have any employment law queries, please do not hesitate to contact David Nathan at [email protected] or on 020 7822 2247.

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