At risk of redundancy. 8 years full time, last 5 months part time- redundancy package query

(8 Posts)
Twistiesandshout Fri 18-Oct-13 14:47:33

I'm looking for a bit of help please. I've been with my company for over 8 years and have just been put at risk of redundancy (along with hundreds of others). I returned to work in May after having ds, 3 days pw. After looking through our policy on the intranet it appears any redundancy package (3weeks pay for every year of work) would be calculated on my part time hours rather than the 8 years full time /5 months part time I would assume would be fair.

Does anyne know if this is the norm /legal? I know our company pays above statutory however this seems quite unfair.

Thanks

Twistiesandshout Fri 18-Oct-13 14:48:08

Oh - I'm in the uk smile

ClaraDeLaNoche Fri 18-Oct-13 14:52:31

Sorry Twistie it's not looking good. They are entitled to pay at your part time rate. It does seem unfair but it is not unlawful.

Twistiesandshout Fri 18-Oct-13 14:55:24

Thanks for coming back to me. I was worried about that, will do some googling. It just seems amazing to me and it worries me that perhaps this will be another incentive to choose me - being a part timer and having a cheaper redundancy package despite excellent reviews sad

Not good timing, am exchanging and completing on house next week sad

EachDay Fri 18-Oct-13 15:03:13

Yes, redundancy pay is to compensate you for what you are losing, which is your current part-time job, not your old f-t one, so they are correct to calculate for payment based on your current pt salary.

It is true that you will be "cheaper" to let go (assuming others have similar length of service) but they will save less by no longer employing you too so I wouldn't consider that it automatically puts you at the top of the list.

Also, they probably need to let x number of people go, you are 0.6 of a person, so if they make you redundant they will still need to find 0.4 to make a whole iyswim.

Good luck

flowery Fri 18-Oct-13 15:42:03

If it's enhanced pay then your employer will have set their own terms, but yes it's entirely normal and lawful for it to be based around current pay.

Statutory redundancy is based on current pay, the reason being it is supposed to compensate for loss of current pay.

flowery Fri 18-Oct-13 15:45:25

Basing it on average salary rather than current salary wouldn't go down well with most people either, as most people's salary goes up rather than down in the course of their employment.

Twistiesandshout Sat 19-Oct-13 09:01:32

Thanks all, that does make sense. It was/is just a bit of a shock to me I think. Fingers crossed.

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