British Aerospace has announced that 300 management jobs could be lost following the restructuring of the company. The Samlesbury and Warton sites in Lancashire are expected to be the worst hit by the redundancies, with 286 losses proposed, although the offset of the redundancies could hit other BAE sites throughout the nation.

Managing director of BAE Systems, Chris Boardman commented on the state of affairs: ‘We understand that this is a time of uncertainty for our employees and we are committed to working with them and their representatives to explore ways of avoiding and mitigating potential job losses.’

The announcement of the redundancy proposal has understandably had an unsettling effect on employees of BAE as they are now left with an uncertain future at the company.

If you are faced with the threat of redundancy it is crucial that you understand your legal rights and the options available to you.

Firstly, you should be aware of your monetary entitlements, including notice pay and statutory redundancy pay. If you are unsure what these are or the precise amounts involved it is imperative that you have independent Employment and HR advice.

Secondly you should be aware of the processes and procedures that have to be followed by an employer. The reason for this is that flaws in such processes could enable you to have bargaining power for pre-termination negotiations with the aim of achieving an enhanced redundancy package or alternatively to enable you to bring employment claims entitling you to compensation

The law governing redundancy is extremely complex and constantly changing. It is therefore imperative to have independent Employment and HR support and advice from the outset of a redundancy threat so you have the upper hand and have placed yourself in the best position possible to protect yourself, your family and your future.

Farleys Solicitors LLP are specialists in employment law for employees including those in senior and managerial positions. Our employment law solicitors have a wealth of experience in advising employees about compulsory and voluntary redundancies, settlement agreements (formally known as compromise agreements) and exit strategies and tactics.

To speak to an employment law solicitor in Blackburn or Manchester, call 0845 050 1958 or email us.