Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your job. It happens when employers need to reduce their workforce.
If you’re being made redundant, you might be eligible for certain things, including:
- redundancy pay
- a notice period
- a consultation with your employer
- the option to move into a different job
- time off to find a new job
If you’ve been made redundant because of coronavirus (COVID-19), your employer might be able to re-employ you and pay 80% of your wages.
You must be selected for redundancy in a fair way, for example because of your level of experience or capability to do the job.
You cannot be selected because of age, gender, or if you’re disabled or pregnant. If you are, this could be classed as an unfair dismissal.
Check you got all the money you’re entitled to:
When you get your final pay, you should check you got:
any redundancy pay you’re entitled to (or you’ve been told when you’ll get it)
your last wages/salary
any ‘pay in lieu’ if you’re not working your full notice
any holiday pay you’re entitled to
any outstanding bonus, commission or expenses you’re entitled to
Contact your nearest Citizens Advice if there’s a problem with your final pay – you may have to make a claim to an employment tribunal to get the money you’re owed.
Preparing for after redundancy:
Before you’re made redundant, you might be entitled to some help finding a new job, like time off for interviews.
Money might be tight for a while so you should also get advice on managing any debts you have and check if you’re entitled to any benefits.
You can contact your local Citizens Advice for more information