New law ensures furloughed staff get full redundancy payments

Furloughed employees who are then made redundant will receive redundancy pay based on their normal wage, under new laws being brought in on 31 July.

Throughout the pandemic, the government has urged businesses “to do right by their employees” and pay those being made redundant based on their normal wage, rather than their furlough pay, which is often less.

But not all have done so, prompting the government to bring in legislation to protect workers and ensure all furloughed employees who are being made redundant receive their full entitlement.

Employees with more than two years’ continuous service who are made redundant are usually entitled to a statutory redundancy payment that is based on length of service, age and pay, up to a statutory maximum.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “The government is doing everything it can to protect people’s incomes through our Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which is now supporting over nine million jobs across the UK.

“We urge employers to do everything they can to avoid making redundancies, but where this is unavoidable it is important that employees receive the payments they are rightly entitled to.

“New laws coming into force today will ensure furloughed workers are not short-changed if they are ever made redundant – providing some reassurance for workers and their families during this challenging time.”

These changes will also apply to Statutory Notice Pay, which is where employees must be given a notice period before their employment ends, varying from at least one week’s notice up to 12 weeks’ notice, depending on how long they have worked for their employer. During this notice period, employees must be paid.

Other changes coming into force will ensure basic awards for unfair dismissal cases are based on full pay rather than wages under the CJRS.

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