Hundreds of thousands of people in Britain have lost their job as a result of the pandemic, and many more fear for their future once Government support schemes are withdrawn.
The furlough programme will be phased out this year, leaving many employees at risk of redundancy. Telegraph Money outlines your rights if you are being made redundant: from the pay you are due to how to find out if was fair.
How much notice should I get if I’m made redundant?
You must be given at least one week’s notice that your job is ending if you’ve worked at the company for less than two years.
If you have worked there for longer, you get one week’s notice for every year you have been employed up to a maximum of 12 weeks or your notice period – whichever is greater.
You should receive your usual pay while on notice – or the average you earned over the past 12 weeks if on flexible wages.
In some cases, you can be made redundant without any notice but your employer must pay you as normal for your notice period. This is called ‘payment in lieu of notice’.
How is redundancy pay calculated?
You should get statutory redundancy pay if you’ve been at your firm for two years or more – whether on a full-time or fixed-term contract.
You will get: half a week’s pay for each full year you worked at the company between the ages of 18 and 22, one week’s pay for each full year you worked there between the ages of 22 and 41, and one and half week’s pay for each full year you were 41 or older.
Pay will be calculated up a maximum of 20 years and weekly pay will be capped at £538.
You pay is the average you earned per week over the 12 weeks prior to getting your redundancy notice. You can calculate how much you’re entitled to by visiting gov.uk/calculate-your-redundancy-pay.
You may get more if your employer included a more generous redundancy package in your contract.
Was it fair?
Employers are not allowed to make people redundant for certain reasons such as working part-time, their gender or age, or a disability.
It could also be considered sex discrimination if you are a woman caring for a child or relative and are made redundant because you work less flexible hours.
Redundancy can also be an unfair dismissal if you’re selected because you complained about health and safety. Visit “Check if your redundancy is fair” on the Citizens Advice website, which offers free advice, for more details.
You should speak to your HR department or manager if you believe redundancy was unfair. If you feel you need more support, you can contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Acas, a public body for employees, can also help to mediate. You should also make sure you get all the pay and notice you’re entitled to.
Matthew Bradbury of Citizens Advice said “If you decide to challenge your dismissal in an employment tribunal, you must do so within three months of your job ending. You should check if you can get free legal help via your home insurance.”