Advice for Employees
Redundancy can come about for many reasons and it is often an unsettling time for all employees involved. Redundancy can be voluntary or compulsory and usually happens when the company you work for:
Your employer should consult with you to make you aware why redundancy is happening and if any alternatives are available.
Where an employer is making 20 or more people redundant, the consultation period must last for at least 30 days, however, there is no minimum consultation period if the number of employees is less than 20.
If you have been selected for redundancy it is important that your employer has selected you fairly. If not, you could appeal against the decision and if unsuccessful, you may have a claim for unfair dismissal depending on the circumstances.
If you have worked for your employer for at least two years you may be eligible for statutory redundancy pay or your employer may pay an enhanced redundancy payment. You can use this link to calculate how much statutory redundancy pay you may be entitled to.
There are set rules and time-scales around how employers should inform employees of possible redundancies. You should be fully informed and have the right not to be selected unfairly.
If you feel your employer is not treating you fairly or you’re questioning the way the process is being handled, contact us for a free initial chat. A specialist employment solicitor will be able to tell you if something isn’t quite right.
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