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A nightmare before Christmas: Is Christmas cancelled?

29 October 2019

Harriet Gardner

It has been confirmed that the Hilton Hotel on Furnival Road will close its doors for the last time on 15th December 2019. 

Hilton guests will need to find alternative accommodation for their festive fun and approximately 100 employees now face an uncertain employment future. The chain has made a statement that it will be working closely with employees to help them to “understand their best options” but with Christmas around the corner, there is no doubt that employees will be worried.

A spokeswoman for Hilton has announced that it has managed the property on behalf of the owning company for a number of years. She continued to state that the closure is as a result of the owning company surrendering its lease and is not a reflection of the chain’s operation.

The peril of redundancy can cause a great deal of stress without Christmas being a number of weeks away.

Redundancy is a complicated area of law but essentially is when an employer dismisses its employees because they no longer need anyone to do a job or if there is a reduction in workforce. There are common reasons for redundancy, including the business premises closing down, and they usually aren’t a reflection on an employee’s ability to do the job.

If you are affected by the closure of Hilton Sheffield please do not hesitate to contact Harriet Gardner, Taylor Bracewell’s Employment Lawyer on 0114 399 0094. Alternatively, drop by one of Taylor Bracewell’s drop in clinics at our Sheffield office on Thursdays between 11am - 3pm.