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To think I am going to get totally shafted here

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HarrietKettleWasHere Mon 05-Jun-17 12:21:30

I'm a nanny. As my one charge is of an age where she doesn't 'need' me as much, I've picked up various PA duties for my employer so it's remained a full time position. I stay over when she's away (single parent) I care for two slightly highly strung dogs, I keep the diary, organise shopping etc etc.

Now my charge is off to boarding school in September. Yes, I 'knew' it was coming (I took her to the interviews and exams for one thing and was there when she got her acceptance letter) BUT my employer made no mention of when my job would come to a natural end. I didn't want to 'show my hand' as it were and have waited for her to approach me with end dates/redundancy talk etc.

This morning, in an email (a 'no subject' one at that!) she has said she 'proposes' I work up until the 21st July. After that she'll pay holiday outstanding.

No mention of redundancy paid which I'm sure I must be owed since it's not me choosing to leave the job. Statutory at least? It's been over three years.

I'm shaking now, partly because I don't know what I'm going to do (find another job obviously but don't have lots of time, less than I thought I would)

Partly because after three years she hasn't sat me down face to face to talk this through (she's using the excuse she doesn't want her daughter to overhear hmm )

Because I need the payment as a cusion if I do t find work straight away- I rent a flat with my partner and rent payment is high enough to warrent we are both in constant full time employment or we'd be screwed.

Also because I'm shit with things like this, I go quietly rather than make a fuss (self esteem issues) but I think I'm going to get massively screwed over if I do not speak up.

Please wise mumsnetters, advice on what to do would be really, really appreciated. I feel a sick abs have no idea what my next move should be.

NapQueen Mon 05-Jun-17 12:23:31

What does your contract say about notice periods?

MsSlocombe Mon 05-Jun-17 12:24:23

I think she is telling herself that it doesn't need to be said, that it's so obvious it's understood.

A conversation would have been better but I think she is just assuming that you have figured it out and she'd only be saying something obvious and awkward if she raised it.

You have to job-hunt.

NotSuchASmugMarriedNow1 Mon 05-Jun-17 12:25:24

Just ask her what sort of redundancy package is she offering

BastardGoDarkly Mon 05-Jun-17 12:26:17

Oh dear, I sympathise, but redundancy? Surely part of being a nanny is when they're grown, that's kind of it?

I'd start looking for a job pronto, you really should have talked to her sooner, but she's treated you crappily too.

Someone wiser will be along in a minute, I wish you luck with a new job.

jay55 Mon 05-Jun-17 12:26:40

Call acas and get advice on redundancy. Best of luck with the job search.

ShatnersWig Mon 05-Jun-17 12:26:56

What is in your contract? as Nap said

HarrietKettleWasHere Mon 05-Jun-17 12:27:02

I really believe she wants me to go quietly without saying anything...I emailed to say have I got it right that it would mean I was redundant from that date but she won't be drawn and says let's talk later...

I don't have a contract blush just a job description. I get paid fortnightly and have kept every single payslip to prove full time employment.

WellErrr Mon 05-Jun-17 12:27:34

I'm sure you already realise this but you've been seriously naive.

Why haven't you been job hunting already?

I'm not sure of the rules on nannies and redundancy pay, as surely it's a self-limiting job anyway? But you should have done your homework.

MorrisZapp Mon 05-Jun-17 12:28:00

Bloody hell. When kids get older, nannies get redundancy pay? Surely not.

ShatnersWig Mon 05-Jun-17 12:28:02

You don't have a contract? Well don't make that mistake with your next employer. Basic error, Harriet. Really very foolish.

Cloudyapples Mon 05-Jun-17 12:28:27

I think you're entitled to redundancy pay op. what was the tone of her email? If it was causal could you ask her to send you a more formal letter/email stating the situation i.e. You will be made redundant from x date? Is your contract fixed term or permanent? Once you've got it all in writing might be worth contacting citizens advice of acas to find out what you should be entitled to.

Cloudyapples Mon 05-Jun-17 12:28:49

Or acas that should have read!

HarrietKettleWasHere Mon 05-Jun-17 12:29:02

I didn't job hunt because I believed the job would last until beginning of September when she's off to school- this is six weeks earlier than the date I had in mind. Without being able to name a start date I thought it would make interviewing for jobs difficult

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Mon 05-Jun-17 12:29:31

Have you been continuously employed by her for 3 years? (I know you said but just clarifying) And what's your notice period in your contract?

As this is a redundancy situation she does need to do thing properly including putting you at risk and paying you statutory redundancy (unless your contract states more).

I'll post a link in a minute about process and what to do.

It is shitty that she's not even had the courtesy to phone you, never mind arranged to speak to you when her daughter isn't around.

In the meantime get job hunting asap!

ShotsFired Mon 05-Jun-17 12:29:59

This website argues you are entitled to proper notice etc:

You are entitled to some form of consultation. This usually involves a meeting with your employer where they explain why they are making you redundant (e.g. they no longer need a nanny) and any alternatives (e.g. instead of being a full time nanny taking the role of a part-time nanny or nanny/housekeeper).

Your employer must give you contractual notice, or statutory minimum notice, whichever is the greater. Statutory minimum notice periods are 1 week if you have been employed for longer than one month but fewer than 2 years, and then 1 week per year of employment up to a maximum of 12 weeks.

There's also a section called Entitlement to redundancy pay

HarrietKettleWasHere Mon 05-Jun-17 12:30:58

Yes, continually employed. Everything else has been done by the book- holidays, pension etc.

The daughter is only 11- yes I know kids get older obviously but if she wasn't going to boarding school my job would still exist.

HarrietKettleWasHere Mon 05-Jun-17 12:32:03

Thank you ShotsFired

reallyanotherone Mon 05-Jun-17 12:32:10

If I'm reading this right you're entitled to one weeks pay (assuming you're in the middle age bracket) - a week per year over 2 years.

So about £500. Not a big ask...

Looneytune253 Mon 05-Jun-17 12:32:16

Surely with 4 weeks notice it's not a redundancy situation anyway. I definitely wouldn't expect redundancy pay in these circumstances? Without a contract too you're on really shaky ground. Surely she could have pulled out at any time with no notice without the contract?

Waggamamma Mon 05-Jun-17 12:33:04

She does need to follow redundancy procedures, you should call acas for advice.

As you've been employed with her for over three years you will be entitled to statutory minimum payment - there should be an online calculator for this.

Reow Mon 05-Jun-17 12:33:48

Set Russell and Scrap on her if she won't pay grin

SewButtons Mon 05-Jun-17 12:34:35

You should be entitled to redundancy pay, the direct gov website has a calculator where you can figure out how much you are entitled to.
I would work out the amount myself and then ask your boss to confirm the amount of redundancy pay owed in order to help you arrange your finances.
Does your boss use a payroll company to pay you? I imagine they will inform her about redundancy pay if so.

HarrietKettleWasHere Mon 05-Jun-17 12:34:40

Ha ha Reow that's a great idea grin

BarbarianMum Mon 05-Jun-17 12:35:36

Of course its a redundancy situation - OP is being made redundant.

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