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This document offers invaluable help you if you're not sure what do you do if faced with redundancy. Once the initial shock is over, there is a stack of things to consider, including your rights and …

This document offers invaluable help you if you're not sure what do you do if faced with redundancy. Once the initial shock is over, there is a stack of things to consider, including your rights and your future career direction. Don't worry - there's plenty of assistanceout there if you know where to look!

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  • 1. Want2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those whowant to draw upon their Christian faith and apply it in a practical way to their job situation.www.want2geton.co.uk Tel: 07503 177126 charles@want2geton.co.ukDealing with RedundancyIf youre going to be made redundant from your job, you should be treated fairly by youremployer and there are certain steps they would be expected to follow. You may also beentitled to a redundancy payment.First things firstThere are some important things to do and information to collect from your employerbefore you lose your job: • Collect your P45 • Ask your HR department to give you written details of your redundancy payment and package.Make a note of the contact details of your: • Line manager – ask for a written job reference, and get a ‘soft’ copy. • Trade union representative • Human resources department • Pension fund trustees • Write down the contact details of the organisations attached to any benefits that you had with your job, such as health insuranceLife-support post redundancy!Redundancy can come as a nasty shock and is something that is not uncommon to manyof us during our working lives.However unwelcome it may be, redundancy does not have to be a completely negativeexperience, and many people use it as an opportunity for positive change in their lives andcareers. The most important thing is to ensure that you react to your situation in the mostpositive way possible, and part of this process is to ensure that you Do some things andDon’t do others!Do: • Stay positive and see redundancy as an opportunity for change • Invite God into your job situation. You don’t get many guides suggesting this, but He has a plan and a purpose to this present saga, even if you can’t see it at the moment • Focus on moving on, rather than looking back • Take some time out to take stock of your situation and look at your options© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013 1
  • 2. • Get advice from professional advisers • Consult your friends, family and your wider network – it could lead to your next job! • If you get a redundancy pay off, if possible, try to invest it wisely in something that will help you in your next career move, such as training or starting up a new businessDont: • Take it personally – in reality, the job has been made redundant, not you. That said, if you feel you have a claim for unfair dismissal, see below for advice on what to do next • Think that God has abandoned you! This is your chance to experience the power of prayer, but also to listen to His voice and hear what He wants you to learn from this experience, such as to deepen your levels of faith and trust • Get too down about yourself – most people face redundancy sometime • Panic, don’t make knee-jerk decisionsBelow is a list of some organisations that provide an excellent service to thosetransitioning between one job and another:Want2get on? Career Coaching – with over 13 years experience of helping people intowork and into an understanding of their life calling. www.want2geton.co.uk 07503 177126The National Careers Service is the name for the adult careers service in England. FreePhone 0800 100 900 to arrange to speak with a trained careers adviser over the phone.Jobcentre Plus – Offers a huge online database of jobs: www.gov.uk/jobsearchRedundancy Help – A free legal service for those going through Redundancywww.redundancyhelp.co.ukKnow your rightsIf you are going to be made redundant or are going through the process, the followingthings should happen:• Your employer should select you fairly• You should be consulted about the redundancy• You should get any redundancy pay you are due, and be given the correct amount of notice• Your employer should consider any alternatives to redundancyIf there are fewer than 20 employees being made redundant then the statutory minimumdismissal procedure should be followed. If there are 20 or more, then the collectiveconsultation procedure applies instead.If an employer uses redundancy to cover up the real reason for ending your employment,or if they do not carry out the redundancy procedure properly, you may have grounds to bebring a claim for unfair dismissal. The rights to redundancy payments and collectiveconsultation are claimed separately from unfair dismissal.© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013 2
  • 3. Where to get help• The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) offers free, confidential and impartial advice on all employment rights issues. You can call the Acas helpline on 08457 47 47 47 from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday.www.acas.org.uk• The Labour Relations Agency (LRA) offers free, confidential and impartial advice on all employment rights issues for residents of Northern Ireland. You can contact the LRA on 028 9032 1442 from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.www.lra.org.uk• Your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) can provide free and impartial advice. You can find your local CAB office in the phone book or online.www.citizensadvice.org.uk/• If you are a member of a trade union, you can get help, advice and support from them• Professional bodies attached to your profession can often be an excellent source of advice and assistance• Contact a firm of employment lawn solicitorsRedundancy PayIf you are made redundant you may be entitled to a redundancy payment.Facts about redundancy payYou have the right to a redundancy payment if youre an employee who has workedcontinuously for your employer for at least two years. Statutory redundancy pay isnttaxable.Redundancy pay is also due when a fixed-term contract of two years or more expires andis not renewed because of redundancy.Alternative workA redundancy payment isnt due to you if work picks up and your employer offers to keepyou on, or offers you suitable alternative work which you refuse without good reason. Ifyou leave your job for a new one before the end of your notice period, your payment mightalso be affected.Temporary lay offRedundancy pay can be claimed from your employer if you have been temporarily laid offfor more than four weeks in a row (or six weeks in a 13 week period).Notice payAs well as a redundancy payment, your employer should give you proper notice oftermination of employment (or pay in lieu of notice). Details of the notice period will be inyour contract.© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013 3
  • 4. Calculating payThere may be an arrangement in your contract for how redundancy pay will be worked out.However, if this gives you less than the statutory pay, the statutory amount applies. Thefirst £30,000 of any termination payment is tax-free. More information on whether elementsof the payment such as pay in lieu of notice (PILON) is taxable is available from HMRevenue and Customs.For more information: www.hmrc.gov.ukWhat to do if you have problemsIf youve been made redundant, your employer will normally pay you either on the last dayof your notice period or shortly afterwards, or on your next pay day. If you havent beenpaid, or if youve been paid but are unhappy with the amount, you should try to sort theproblem out directly with your employer first. Write to your employer explaining theproblem and asking for full payment. Your employer should give you a written statementshowing how any payment has been calculated.If this doesnt work, you can apply to an Employment Tribunal. You need to make a claimwithin six months, otherwise you might lose the right to a payment.For further advice contact Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)08457 47 47 47If youre facing redundancy, you may find new work with a new employer or your employermay offer you a different job. There are different issues associated with each.Job offers from your current employerYour employer is expected to offer you a suitable alternative job, if there is one available,before making you redundant. Whether its suitable depends on:• The terms of the job being offered• Your skills, abilities and circumstances• The pay (including benefits), status, hours and location of the jobIf work picks up before your notice ends, your employer might offer you your own job as analternative.The offer should be made before your old job ends. You should be given enoughinformation about what it involves so you know how different it is from your old job.Trial periodsYou have the right to a four-week trial period in a new job, and if you need training for thenew job the period can be extended by written agreement.If you decide the new job isnt suitable, you can give notice during the trial period withoutaffecting your right to a statutory redundancy payment. If you havent given notice by theend of the trial period your right to statutory redundancy pay ends.If you refuse an offerIf your employer offers you a suitable alternative job and you unreasonably refuse it, youmay lose your right to statutory redundancy pay. If there is a dispute as to whether a job issuitable (or whether your refusal is unreasonable), an Employment Tribunal (IndustrialTribunal in Northern Ireland) can decide whether you are due a redundancy payment.© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013 4
  • 5. Time off for job huntingIf youve been continuously employed for two years by the date your notice expires, youreallowed a reasonable amount of time off during your notice period to:• Look for another job• Arrange trainingHow long you can take will depend on your circumstances, but for example if you attendan interview or two and do not take excessive amounts of travelling time then this is likelyto be reasonable.Whatever the amount of time off you take, your employer only has to pay you up to twofifths of a weeks pay for it. For example, if you work 5 days a week and take 4 days off intotal during the whole notice period, your employer only has to pay you for the first 2 days.Want2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those whowant to draw upon their Christian faith and apply it in a practical way to their job situation.www.want2geton.co.uk Tel: 07503 177126 charles@want2geton.co.uk© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013 5