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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Rehire after redundancy
I have agreed voluntary redundancy last year when my role was no longer existing doe to regional changes, I agreed to stay on to assist the business till June end. SInce then a colleague has left and there are changes happening in the structure. I have been offered another role which is different. My question is how do I safeguard my redundancy payment?How long a break is needed?I have checked my contract I can see nothing preventing me from accepting this offer
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So you are still employed by them?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
as per contract till June 30th
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Voluntary redundant signed in December

Are you willing to accept that new role?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
i think so but not at the cost of my redundancy
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
There is nothing concrete as to how long a break of service I need

If you take up this role whilst still employed by them, it would be deemed that you have accepted suitable alternative employment, which means you should not be getting redundancy pay as you would no longer be made redundant.

If you were to leave first and then later on get re-employed in a different role, there is nothing in law which says exactly how long a break you must have before it is considered ‘safe’ in terms of your redundancy payment. If this was a Local Government role and you moved between two such roles, there is a law which says a month must pass before you can keep the redundancy from the first one. That is a good starting point for any other role as well, however it does not stop HMRC potentially looking into whether a redundancy payment should have been paid and if there is anything untoward about it. It is rather rare that such things happen but it is a possibility, so even a month may sometimes not be enough, but generally it should be sufficient.

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