What are your rights if you’ve been made redundant?

Being made redundant is stressful, upsetting and often confusing. Many people don’t know where they stand when this happens and often forget any unfairness in the panic of finding another job quickly.

Employers must respect your rights if they make you redundant, so if you feel the redundancy was unfair, that you were not properly consulted, or that you were unfairly selected you may have been unfairly dismissed.

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Employers and Redundancy

It is your employer’s job to discuss any alternatives to redundancy with you and why you have been chosen. Some common reasons for redundancy are that the business is closing, the job you were employed to do no longer exists, or the company needs to cut down on staff for financial reasons. It should not include poor behavior or performance on your part or hiring someone else to do your job.

Before your job ended, you should have had an individual consultation with your employer to discuss the redundancy and the reasons for it and what compensation you may be entitled to receive. Depending on your length of service you may qualify for redundancy pay.

Unfair Dismissal

If the above did not happen, it’s likely that your rights were not respected and you should contact us to discuss whether you’ve been unfairly dismissed. We will take this matter very seriously and help you to get the respect you deserve and the redundancy pay you should have received while you transition to a new job.

Contact our team of employment law solicitors now for more information and remember your initial enquiry is always free.

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