Are you going to be made redundant from your work? You should be treated fairly by your employer and in certain steps they would be expected to follow. You may also be entitled to a redundancy payment.
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What is Redundancy?
Redundancy is a type of dismissal from your Job. Reasons could include the following
1. Technology or a new system has made your job non existant
2. The job you were initially employed for no longer is available
3. Your work may need to cut costs and so means staff numbers must be depleted
4. The company is going to close down or move
It could still be a real redundancy if someone else's job disappears & they are moved to your job, making yourself redundant. This is generally known as "bumping", it may be hard for your employer to justify as fair.
In a redundancy situation, the following things should happen:
1. Your employer should select you in a fair way
2. You should be consulted about the redundancy
3. You should be given redundancy pay you are due
4. You should be given the correct amount of notice
5. Your employer should consider and inform you of any alternative to redundancyIf there are fewer than 20 employees being made redundant then the statutory minimum dismissal procedure should be followed. If there are 20 or more, then the collective consultation procedure applies instead.
If an employer uses redundancy to cover up the real reason for ending your employment, or if they do not carry out the redundancy procedure properly, it may amount to unfair dismissal. The rights to redundancy payments and collective consultation are claimed separately from unfair dismissal.
Where you can get more help
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) offers free, confidential and impartial advice on all employment rights issues. You can call the Acas helpline on 08457 47 47 47 from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday.
The Labour Relations Agency (LRA) offers free, confidential and impartial advice on all employment rights issues for residents of Northern Ireland. You can contact the LRA on 028 9032 1442 from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.
Your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) can provide free and impartial advice. You can find your local CAB office in the phone book or online.
If you are a member of a trade union, you can get help, advice and support from them.
If you have doubts about the way your employer may have calculated your statutory redundancy pay you can call the Redundancy Payments Helpline on 0845 1450 004.
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