Making redundancies is never an easy decision but our legal team can provide assistance with ensuring that the process is legally compliant from beginning to end. If you think you may in the position of needing to make redundancies, we recommend seeking legal advice sooner rather than later.
There may be steps you can take early on to reduce the number of redundancies, or you may be able to better able to support employees with comprehensive measures which minimise the impact. Whether you are an employee who has been given notice of redundancy and would like legal advice, or any employer needing assistance with the process, we can provide expert help and guidance.
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More information about redundancies
Are you being made redundant? Have you received a notice of redundancy? We can check your redundancy payment and ensure you are receiving what you are entitled to.
Redundancy can be a difficult subject to face but the law provides certain statutory rights to make sure you receive fair treatment. This covers a number of different areas including notice period and payment. If you have been told you are being made redundant, or are being considered for redundancy, legal advice can help.
Our experience may be able to prevent you being selected for redundancy if you are being unfairly targeted. Even if we can’t prevent you from being made redundant, we can make sure you receive fair treatment and are aware of all your rights.
Can I challenge my employer if they select me for redundancy?
It’s important to understand that redundancy is not a disciplinary process and you should not be unfairly singled out. The process of redundancy selection should be based on fair and objective criteria which are applied universally to the jobs in question.
If your whole workplace is shutting, your options are very limited and you’re unlikely to be able to do anything to challenge the redundancy.
However, if you are one of a select number fo employees chosen for redundancy, you can challenge the basis of the decision if you believe it’s unfair. Your employer can use objective means such as a disciplinary record to include as criteria in making a decision. However, they must not treat you unfairly or discriminate in any way. This includes: pregnancy, trade union membership, maternity/paternity leave, gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, working pattern or whistle blowing.
How much redundancy pay should I receive?
Under English law, you are entitled to receive a payment if your contract is terminated due to redundancy. You must have been with your employer for a minimum of two years to quality. The amount you are entitled to receive depends on your age:
- For each year of employment you were aged under 22 yrs: half a week’s pay
- For each year of employment you were aged between 22-40: one week’s pay
- For each year of employment you were aged 41 yrs or above: one and a half week’s pay
The amount of weekly payments are subject to a limit of £525, with a total maximum statutory payout of £15,750. Many employers choose to pay more; check your contract for details.
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