Living in the United Kingdom can be comfortable and fun if you have a well-paying job and supportive family and friends. However, if you recently lost your job, you should learn how to maintain balance and support yourself until you find a new job. Here are some tips on what to do after getting laid off in the UK.
About Redundancy Pay
Redundancy payment is defined as compensation provided to a worker after he has been laid off. The amount is supposed to be used to support the individual until he finds another suitable place to be employed. There are two kinds of redundancy pay namely statutory redundancy pay. This is created by law and is mandated among all employers and companies in the UK. The second is contractual statutory pay. This is provided by companies that offer redundancy schemes. It is generally divulged to you during the preparation of your contract of employment. The law provides that laid off workers should receive no less than the amount mandated in the statutory redundancy pay.
Not all individuals, however, are entitled to statutory redundancy pay. You may receive such if you are a legal employee for a company or an employer and if you have worked for such employer for a period of at least two calendar years continuously from 16 years of age. Independent contractors and casual workers do not fall within the meaning of an employee. Some freelancers and agency workers, however, may be considered employees. Present your fixed-term contract and show that you have been working for the company for a minimum of two years to be entitled to statutory redundancy pay. Read the details of your contract of employment to determine your redundancy pay.
The Redundancy Pay Amount
The amount of redundancy pay you can receive will depend on a number of factors such as your age, the duration or length of time you have worked for the company or employer and your weekly pay. You can receive one-half for every full year of employment when you are under 22 years old. For people 22 to 40 years old, you can get one full week’s pay for every full year of employment. If you are 41 years old or older, you can get one and one-half week’s pay for every year of employment.
Claiming the Pay
You should be paid such as soon as your employment ends. You can also request for such if the employer has not yet given such payment within six months from the time your employment is terminated. If your employer refuses to pay as mandated, you can claim unfair dismissal or discrimination. Also look for help in filing the appropriate claim. The CAB or Citizen’s Advice Bureau can give you tips on how to file such claim.