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redundancy

When the economy is in difficulties redundancies are in the news everyday. But even when times are better, redundancies still happen as firms reorganise or get taken over.

Redundancy is not the same as getting the sack:

  • dismissal: this is what happens when your employer decides to get rid of you, and
  • redundancy: this is when jobs disappear.

Dismissal can be fair (if you are caught stealing, for example) or unfair (if, for example, you are sacked for being pregnant). Employers must also follow fair procedures if they are dismissing someone. Find out more about dismissal.

Redundancy is different. Strictly speaking, redundancy is a fair reason for dismissal, but as the legal requirements are different to other forms of dismissal it is helpful to distinguish between the two. Redundancy happens when an employer reduces their workforce.

Read on for advice about redundancy rights.

  • I have been made redundant. What payment am I entitled to?  more...
  • I have been told I will be made redundant. What are my rights?  more...
  • How do I know if I have been fairly selected for redundancy?  more...
  • My employer has offered me a different job, as an alternative to redundancy. Where do I stand?  more...
  • My employer says I am not entitled to a redundancy payment because I have waived my right to one. Is this correct?  more...
  • What consultation must an employer undertake before making redundancies?  more...
  • Can my employer make me redundant?  more...
  • I have been told of impending redundancies but the employer does not appear to have discussed this with staff. Is this allowed?  more...
  • My employer has announced redundancies and a selection process that is obviously unfair. What should I do?  more...
  • Shortly after I was made redundant, my ex-employer ran an ad for a post similar to mine. What should I do?  more...
  • How is my redundancy pay calculated?  more...
  • Does my employer have to pay wages in full during my notice period?  more...
  • Should other provisions within my contract continue to be honoured during the notice period?  more...
  • I'm being made redundant, and my employer has offered me a new job that I'm not sure I want. Must I take it?  more...
  • Iíve been made redundant because my employer is bankrupt. Will I still get paid?  more...
  • What notice does my employer have to give when making me redundant?  more...

further information

You can also download these two free publications with further advice:

Coping with the Economic Downturn TUC/Citizens Advice leaflet in PDF format.

Facing Redundancy Know Your Rights leaflet from the TUC in PDF format.