Being made redundant is a distressing moment but it should not be taken personally. Redundancy applies when the work you do is no longer needed by your organisation or the employer's business or part of the business, has stopped operating or the employer's business has moved to a different place or the business's need for a particular type of work has ceased or diminished.

To be made redundant, your employer should have given as much warning as possible. The unions need to be consulted to agree on the redundancy. Your company should have objective criteria to decide who will be made redundant and you should be considered for alternative work if there's some available. To qualify for a statutory redundancy payment you need to have worked for the firm for at least tow calandar years continuously since the age of 18, although may firms pay employees who have worked for less time. If you find another jobs while you are still in your redundancy period, you can leave and still be entitled to your redundancy payment.

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