Redundancy Rights

Site updated on August 5, 2016

If you have been made redundant, this is still classed as a dismissal. You may be entitled to Redundancy pay. You are entitled to know why your job is redundant and to how you have been selected for redundancy. You are entitled to a companion at any formal dismissal meeting, and you should be offered a chance to appeal your selection for redundancy.

Statutory Redundancy pay requires 2 years continuous service (under an employment contract) with your Employer – but do check to see if your contract offers you redundancy pay before you have 2 years service. Check your contract, your employment handbook or speak to a union Rep for further help.

Even if you have been paid your redundancy pay, you may be entitled to compensation for unfair dismissal if your Employer has not followed the correct process. This involves consulting with you before telling you that you are to lose your job. If you are just told that you are redundant, without any prior warning, this is likely to be unfair.

If you have been made redundant without proper consultation, call our advice line for assistance. You may be awarded up to 3 months pay for your Employers failure to consult with you in person

If 20 or more of your colleagues are to be made redundant, your Employer is required to consult with elected representatives of the workforce on a range of topics. This process must start at least 30 days before any redundancies – and 45 days if 100 or more jobs are to be lost.

If your Employer does not do this, you may be entitled to claim up to 3 months pay as compensation for the Employers failure to consult. This is on top of Redundancy money.

If you wish to know more contact our advice line.

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