Contract Law: Redundancy Update - Irish Employers May Now Have to Consider 'Bumping'

Posted in : Supplementary Articles ROI on 9 April 2013
Jeffrey Greene
McCann FitzGerald
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We asked Jeffrey Greene, Solicitor in McCann FitzGerald’s Employment Group, whether the concept of bumping is recognised in Ireland in the context of redundancies.

1. Summary

'Bumping' in a redundancy situation occurs when employee A’s position is to be made redundant, but employee A is instead moved into the position occupied by employee B and employee B is dismissed by reason of redundancy.

Bumping is a relatively well-established concept in the UK and, although not obligatory, a number of UK cases have considered the concept and provided guidance as to its use. However, the practice is almost non-existent in Ireland and has rarely been referred to in decisions of the Employment Appeals

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Jeffrey Greene
McCann FitzGerald

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