With all the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and increasing unemployment rates, being told that your employment is ending will undoubtedly be a distressing and worrying time. Some employers are offering Settlement Agreements (a legally binding agreeing...
What is redundancy?
Redundancies are a form of dismissal which can take place when the requirement for an employee’s job no longer exists, or there is a workplace or office closure. They can be compulsory or voluntary. Being made redundant can be daunting.
The law dictates that employers should follow a process when dealing with redundancies. If your employer fails to follow a fair process, your dismissal may be unfair.
We can explain the process that your employer should follow, advise you on steps that you can take throughout the process, calculate any statutory or enhanced redundancy entitlements and deal with any agreement which your employer requires you to sign setting out the terms agreed.
We can also advise you on the interplay between your redundancy and any restrictions in your Contract of Employment on your activities post-termination.
Are redundancy payments tax free?
Genuine redundancy payments may be paid tax free but this does not apply to all payments. It is important to ensure that if your employer is requiring you to sign a Settlement Agreement, the payments are structured correctly otherwise you may be liable for tax or national insurance contributions on some or all of the payments.
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