This is a distressing time for all employees; however there are certain legal steps your employer is required to carry out. You should be treated fairly and you may also be entitled to a redundancy payment, a notice period, the option to move into a different job or reasonable time off to find a new job.
Redundancy is potentially a fair reason for dismissal depending on the business circumstances. However should you lose your job and your employer employs someone to fill it that is NOT a redundancy.
Reasons for redundancy should be clearly explained to you. Your employers are obliged to have an appeals procedure in place should you feel that you have been unfairly selected for redundancy.
You can’t be selected on the basis of age, gender, or if you’re disabled or pregnant. If you are, this could be classed as an unfair dismissal.
Your employer should have a fair selection method, which can include:
You may be entitled to a redundancy payment if you have been employed and have worked for your current employer for 2 years or more, but some exclusions do apply.
The statutory entitlement:
Employers must make efforts to find suitable alternative employment where it exists. If available, it should be offered during the consultation progress.
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