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6 years 11 months to understand my rights
Apologies for the slight delay, I experienced some temporary connection issues earlier on. All seems to be resolved now so I can continue with my advice. Does your contract state that your employment can be terminated by giving you payment in lieu of notice?
No it states that 1 months notice needs to be given by either side. Today I have been informed though not officially yet that if we take voluntary redundancy we will receive 1.5 weeks for each week of service in redundancy, plus 4 weeks pay for having taken voluntary redundancy and 1 week for each year of service as notice i.e. 6 weeks notice. this is why I asked the question as if those 6 weeks count as employment I will have been there for 7 years not 6 years and 11 months.
If at the end of the consultation period your employer still has to proceed with the redundancies, they should issue you with formal notice of redundancy in order to terminate your employment. Unless your contract contains a specific clause allowing your employer to terminate your employment by paying you in lieu of notice, you must be allowed to work through that notice period. In doing so you would go reach the 7 years' service and at the time your employment actually terminates you would have 7 years on which the calculation should be based.
If the employer tries to terminate your employment by paying you in lieu of notice, when no such clause exists, then they will be acting in breach of contract and you can make a claim for wrongful dismissal if necessary.
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