Calculating your redundancy pay

Calculating your redundancy pay

How much redundancy pay you get depends on your wage, how long you have worked at the company and your age. If you are trying to work out your redundancy payment, find out how it is calculated or use the online calculator. Contractual redundancy pay You should check your employment contract for how much redundancy pay you are entitled to. Some employers offer employees more generous packages than the statutory minimums as part of their…

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Collective redundancy consultation representatives

Collective redundancy consultation representatives

Any employer contemplating ‘collective redundancy’ – that is, making 20 or more employees redundant – is under a legal duty to consult with representatives of affected employees beforehand. Employees may be represented by trade union representatives or employee representatives. These are known as ‘collective redundancy consultation representatives.’ Trade union representatives An employer must consult with an authorised trade union official if the employees affected by the collective redundancy are represented by a recognised trade union…

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Coping with redundancy

Coping with redundancy

Find out about the range of support available to help you cope with redundancy. You can find out your rights, search for work and get practical help when applying for jobs. You can also use the online benefits adviser to find what benefits you and your family may be entitled to. Being made redundant Redundancy can be a worrying time, but support is available. If you are going to be made redundant from your job,…

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Do I qualify for redundancy pay?

Do I qualify for redundancy pay?

To work out whether or not you qualify for redundancy pay, you should first look at your employment contract. If it doesn’t mention a payment (or you don’t have a written contract), you may still be legally entitled to statutory redundancy pay. Generally, to qualify for statutory redundancy pay: you must have worked as an employee; continuously for the same employer for two years over the age of 16; your employer must dismiss you (actually,…

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Entitlement to redundancy pay

Entitlement to redundancy pay

Redundancy is one way that an employer can terminate the employment contract of an employee, and is effectively one form of dismissal from employment. However, unlike some other forms of dismissal, redundancy occurs through no fault of the employee being made redundant. Redundancy happens when an employer needs to reduce the size of their workforce. To do this the employer must follow certain rules in order to ensure the process of selecting positions for redundancy…

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Finding employment after redundancy

Finding employment after redundancy

If you are facing redundancy, you may find new work with a new employer or your employer may offer you a different job. Find out about the different processes associated with each and how you can get help. Offers of alternative employment If your employer is making you redundant, where possible they should try to offer you ‘suitable alternative employment’ within their organisation or an associated company. Whether a job is ‘suitable alternative employment’ depends…

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Guide to dealing with losing your job

Guide to dealing with losing your job

The prospect of losing your job is difficult to plan for at the best of times, but you have rights that are protected by law. This section helps you to make sense of redundancy or dismissal, enabling you to manage your finances and reconsider your options for the future. Changes to age discrimination for over 50s New regulations came into force on 1 October 2006 that make it unlawful for employers to discriminate against workers…

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How do I hand in my notice and what happens if I receive notice?

How do I hand in my notice and what happens if I receive notice?

Handing in, or receiving your notice, marks the beginning of the end of your employment with a particular employer. By law the statutory notice period, if you have worked for your employer for more than one month, is one week. However, it is common for employment contracts to state that the notice period for a job is longer. If you require further help on a matter of employment law you can use our solicitor directory to the…

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Im being made redundant and I dont think its fair. What can I do?

Im being made redundant and I dont think its fair. What can I do?

What are the grounds for redundancy? For an employee to be made redundant, their job must no longer exist. It is not legal for an employer to recruit another individual to directly replace a redundant employee. However, an employer can hire new staff to perform different functions of the business or in an alternative location. How should employees be informed about redundancies being made? An employee must notify their workforce of their intention to make…

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More redundancy FAQs

More redundancy FAQs

Can my employer offer me redeployment at a lower salary? Even if you are made redundant, should you unreasonably refuse an offer of suitable alternative employment you will lose your entitlement to redundancy pay. This alternative offer of work must be made by your employer before your contracted-employment period ends and must commence at the latest within four weeks of the end of the original contract. Whether you are entitled to reject the proposal (and…

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Redundancy bumping

Redundancy bumping

Generally, your job must disappear for you to be made redundant, but it can also happen if someone else’s job disappears and they are moved into your job, making you redundant. This is known as redundancy bumping, or transferred redundancy, which often happens when a more senior employee is prepared to take a more junior role to avoid redundancy. Redundancy bumping has become a hot topic in recent times as employers look at different ways…

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Redundancy during pregnancy or maternity leave

Redundancy during pregnancy or maternity leave

Redundancy is a potentially fair reason for dismissal regardless of whether you are pregnant or on maternity leave. But if an employer selects you for redundancy purely because you’re pregnant, on maternity leave, or recently had a child, you can claim automatic unfair dismissal and sex discrimination. In all cases, employers have the burden of proving they acted reasonably when carrying out the redundancy. If your case reaches an employment tribunal, they will consider whether…

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Redundancy FAQs

Redundancy FAQs

How do I know if I’ve been fairly selected for redundancy? As a first step, your employer must fairly select a category of employees for redundancy. Generally, employment tribunals grant employers a certain degree of leeway on this: provided a reasonable employer acting reasonably could have made the same selection, it will be upheld as fair. Next, your employer should warn and consult employees affected by redundancy (or their representatives). Indeed, if your employer is…

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Redundancy selections and notice periods

Redundancy selections and notice periods

Your employer should use a fair and objective way of selecting people to make redundant. This means that it should be based on some evidence, rather than your employer just deciding who they want to give notice to. Methods of selection If a method for deciding redundancies has been agreed with a trade union, your employer should follow it. Otherwise, there are some common approaches your employer could use and combine when selecting employees for…

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What do I need to know about voluntary redundancy?

What do I need to know about voluntary redundancy?

When an employer needs to reduce its workforce it may decide to carry out redundancies, which is a form of dismissal under the Employment Rights Act 1996. Voluntary and compulsory redundancies are two different types of redundancy, but both entitle those employees affected to payment known as redundancy compensation. If you require further help on a matter of employment law you can use our solicitor directory to the right of this article to look for legal advice…

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What should I get as redundancy payment?

What should I get as redundancy payment?

What should I get as redundancy payment? If you have had the misfortunate of being made redundant, this guide will help you to calculate how much redundancy pay you should receive.  What is redundancy pay? Redundancy pay is compensation you receive from an employer and/or the government because your job has expired. There are two forms of redundancy pay: Statutory redundancy pay, which is the minimum redundancy payment laid down by law; and Contractual redundancy…

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Your rights if made redundant

Your rights if made redundant

Your employer has responsibilities to treat you fairly and follow the correct process if they are considering making redundancies. They should think about any alternatives to making you redundant. Get an overview of your rights if you are facing redundancy. What is redundancy? Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your job, caused by your employer needing to reduce the workforce. Reasons could include: new technology or a new system has made your job unnecessary…

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