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Advice given for threat of redundancy by Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark

A checklist to help people at risk of redundancy has been issued by Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark.

The service, which gives free confidential and impartial advice, has helped more than 150 people with employment issues since lockdown.

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Jackie Insley, of Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark, said: “We have helped people with a huge range of issues since lockdown, but we know that as the furlough scheme draws to an end, lots of people may be feeling worried and need advice.

“If you are at risk of redundancy, it’s important to know you do have rights to help protect you from unfair dismissal and to ensure you are paid what you’re owed.

“It’s completely understandable that you may find the rules and procedures overwhelming, but you don’t have to face redundancy alone. We are here to help.”

The advice is:

  • Check if your redundancy is fair. There are rules to protect people from being discriminated against, and for being chosen for redundancy due to an unfair reason.
  • Check how much redundancy pay you get. You are entitled to statutory redundancy pay once you’ve been an employee for two years.
  • The amount will depend on your age and how long you have worked for the company.
  • Make sure you get 100% redundancy pay. If you were furloughed, your redundancy pay should be based on your normal wage.
  • Check your notice period. If you have worked there for more than a month but less than two years, you have to be given a week’s notice. For two years or more, it’s a week for each full year you have worked, up to 12 weeks.
  • Check your holiday pay. You will be paid for any holiday you have left over when you leave, at your normal rate, even if furloughed.
  • You might be entitled to paid time off to look for work.
  • Check if you have got legal help via your home insurance.

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