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Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. can you tell me were you offered a redundancy package at the meting and is what you signed up for please.
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Hi Julie, thanks for your patience. If you are facing a redundancy situation then your employer has a duty to offer you any suitable alternative employment which exists at the time so that if it is suitable and accepted by you, then you avoid redundancy. If you had accepted a specific job offer then you could argue that you were given a formal offer which you accepted and in turn it created a binding contract, so you can expect the employer to honour this and allow you to move to that job. However, you cannot argue that if you had simply been discussing your options and accepted that these are the possible solutions without having formally accepted a specific offer. Even if you had accepted redundancy as the option the employer has a duty to try and offer you suitable alternative employment all the way up to the time you are made redundant. So let’s say you had opted for redundancy at the meeting but the employer then found out that they had suitable alternative positions, including placing you back in your old post – if you unreasonably refuse any of these you would be considered as resigning and will lose out on redundancy. So you could be placed back into your old post or given another suitable position at any time before you leave your job and would be expected to take that otherwise you could be giving u the option of redundancy and get no redundancy pay.
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