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16 May 2012
Employment Appeal Tribunal
Dismissal is by reason of redundancy if the employer's need for employees to carry out work of a particular kind has ceased or diminished or is expected to do so - either generally or at the place the employee works. This case establishes that the need for employees diminishes if the number of employees remains the same, but the hours they work reduce.
A downturn in business, coupled with new software, meant that the employer needed its book-keeper to work fewer hours than previously.
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