What does being “at risk” mean?
Before you have been notified that you are at risk of redundancy, your employer should have drawn up a pool of affected employees carrying out similar work, together with a selection criteria. Once your employer has completed the selection criteria, it should undertake the selection process and invite each employee to an individual meeting to discuss whether or not they have been provisionally selected for redundancy.
If you have been provisionally selected for redundancy, you face a real possibility of being made redundant by your employer. This is often the first time that you will have been notified that redundancy could be an option, and that you are “at risk”. Such notification is usually in the form of a letter. Employers should make clear that no decision has yet been taken and that you are therefore not dismissed at that stage.
You should be allowed an appropriate time to reflect and remark on your provisional selection.
You should note that employers are entitled to remove you from the workplace at the same time as notifying you that you are “at risk” of redundancy. They are more likely to do so when you have access to sensitive and confidential data as well as a heavy interaction with clients.