Employers should only make employees redundant as a last resort. If your employer has told you that you are ‘at risk’ of redundancy or if you have been made redundant or if your employer has presented you with a compromise agreement and you want to know your legal rights, please call us on 0800 014 8727, for redundancy advice or alternatively, fill out the simple form opposite and we will call you back at a time convenient to you.
More Information on Redundancy
Whilst employers have a legal duty to avoid redundancies, they are entitled to dismiss an employee if their position has become genuinely redundant.
Occasionally, employers use redundancy to dismiss employees for different reasons. If you have been made redundant and you do not believe that a genuine redundancy situation exists, you may be able to challenge your dismissal.
Redundancies normally occur when the employer is either cutting their workforce or undertaking a restructure.
Before an employer makes an employee redundant, there are a number of things that they are obliged to do. They have to ensure that they adopt a fair procedure when selecting the pool of employees at risk of redundancy; once they have identified the employees at risk of redundancy they should ensure they are warned of possible redundancy and consulted with before any decision is made. Before making the final decision to make an employee redundant, a fair selection criteria has to be implemented. The employer also has a duty offer ‘at risk’ employees suitable alternative employment before making them redundant.
If, however you accept that a genuine redundancy situation exists and that a fair selection procedure has been adopted, you are entitled to a statutory redundancy payment. As long as you have been working for your employer for over two years, you are entitled to the following:
- half a week’s pay for every year of service while you were under 22
- one week’s pay for every year of service between 22 and 40
- one and a half week’s pay for every year of service over 41.
This is subject to a maximum payment of £350 for a week’s pay.
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If you believe that you have been unfairly selected for redundancy, please call us on 0800 014 8727 to discuss your case, or alternatively, fill out the simple form below and we will call you back at a time convenient to you.