BAE has announced it is set to make job cuts affecting 2,000 roles.  Redundancies are expected to affect staff in Lancashire.

BAE has confirmed that a total of 750 posts will go at the Warton and Samlesbury plants in Lancashire where parts for the Eurofighter Typhoon are manufactured.

It is believed that an order gap for the Typhoon is the main reason for the job cuts.

It is further reported that outside Lancashire, 400 posts will close in Brough, East Yorkshire, 230 will go at RAF Marham and 15 are being lost at RAF Leeming.

It is envisaged that the job cuts will take place in the next two years and the changes are due to begin on 1 January 2018.  BAE are said to be looking to achieve as many voluntary redundancies as possible.

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

If you are an employee of BAE affected by this announcement or if you are an employee faced with the threat of redundancy it is crucial that you understand your legal position and the options available to you.

You should be aware of your entitlements, including notice pay and statutory redundancy pay; which should be stated in your written contract of employment. If you are unsure you should obtain the relevant documentation detailing your entitlements in such situations and the correct company procedures. The company may also have a contractual redundancy policy entitling you to enhanced payments.

In cases like this, where the company proposes to make over 100 redundancies, collective consultation applies.

Your employer has a series of set processes that it must adhere to. They are bound by law to follow these procedures including regarding fair selection and consultation.

Understanding your legal position and options at an early stage may give you scope to protect your position at work or to negotiate an increased redundancy package.

Farleys Solicitors LLP specialise in all areas of HR and employment law for all levels of employees.

If you require advice and assistance in relation to compulsory or voluntary redundancies; re-structures and re-organisations; variation of employment contracts; settlement (compromise) agreements and termination / severance packages, please contact Farleys Employment Law & HR team on 0845 287 0939 or email us.