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Being made redundant is an awful way to lose your job because it has happened through no fault of your own.


Often if an employer needs to make a job, and therefore a person, redundant they will be upset having to do this too. But that is not always the case.


Sometimes employers use redundancy as a way of getting rid of a person that they no longer want for other reasons. Or, an employer might need to restructure or make someone redundant to survive financially but not follow a fair process when doing it.

What our clients have said


Thank you sooooo much. You are an amazing [employment advocate]. I couldn’t have asked for someone better. You made a highly stressful situation bearable.

Unlawful Redundancy | Christchurch

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Paul... gave me the confidence to achieve a positive outcome with my previous employer. His knowledge and calm demeanor were outstanding I felt well supported by him during the whole process. 

Disciplinary Meeting | Christchurch


Matthews Walker were amazing to deal with. Very professional and dedicated from the first person that answered my call to the end.

Threatened Redundancy | Christchurch

Restructures and redundancies

There are two things that an employer needs to show before they can make someone redundant.

Firstly, the employer needs to show that they have a genuine business need to stop providing a particular job. They can not use redundancy as a way of getting rid of someone that they don’t like or they think isn’t performing well or doesn’t fit in.

Secondly, the employer needs to decide on which job to make redundant in a fair way. This will typically include letting you know early what is being considered. You should be given opportunity to give feedback on that proposal. And you certainly should be made aware that you can have the support of an employment advocate or lawyer. Each redundancy is different and often there will be other things that the employer needs to do to make the process fair.


If you have been told that redundancy might be around the corner, call us urgently for a free 10 minute phone consultation. We can arrange an employment advocate to support you in the process and raise a personal grievance if your employer has not acted fairly.

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