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In order to qualify for a redundancy payment an employee must have worked continuously for an employer for a period of at least two years (104 weeks).

The main points to consider when seeking redundancy payments:

  • You must receive a Redundancy Certificate from the company. This must be given to the employee not later than the date on which the dismissal / redundancy takes place.
  • There must be legitimate reasons for Redundancy
  • You must receive sufficient notice of Redundancy and the reasons why.
  • Redundancy must not be based on any of the following grounds:
  • Membership/Trade Union Activity
    • Religious/ Politician Opinions
    • Civil proceedings against the employer
    • Race
    • Sexual Orientation
    • Age
    • Membership of the traveling community
    • Pregnancy
    • Gender
    • Family Status
    • Marital Status
  • A lump sum redundancy payment is payable to the employee and is calculated as follows:
    (a) Two weeks pay for every year of service subject to a statutory limit of €600
    (b) In addition, the equivalent of one week’s normal pay subject to a statutory limit of €600

This is best illustrated by an example. Jim has been working for 4 and ½ years.

Therefore he is entitled to :

(4 years x 2 Weeks) = 8 Weeks +
(1/2 year x1 Week) = 1 Week +
1 additional week
= 10 Weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1. My employer made me redundant but has replaced me with someone else – what should I do?
It would seem that this is not a genuine redundancy and instead a case of unfair dismissal. You should immediately contact us and we can assist you in making an application to the Rights Commissioner. All applications must be taken within 6 months, this can be extended to 12 months in exceptional circumstances.

Q2. I have not received my full statutory redundancy entitlements – what should I do?
All disputes in relation to redundancy payments should be taken to the Employment Appeals Tribunal within 6 months, but can be extended to 12 months in exceptional circumstances.

Q3. How long will it take and how much does it cost?
The length of time it takes to get a hearing date depends on whether you are making an application to the Rights Commissioner or the Employment Appeals Tribunal. Generally the Rights Commissioner will hear applications within 7 months but the Employment Appeals Tribunal can take up to 14 months. The cost starts at €900 plus VAT and again depends on the circumstances of the case and how long it is likely to take.

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