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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
What do you specifically want to know about this please?
Thanks, is the absence as a direct result of the employer's actions?
Thank you. The starting point is that voluntary redundancy is just as the name suggests – voluntary, both for employee and employer alike. Therefore, whilst you can apply for it if it is open for applications, the employer has no obligation in law to offer it to you, or even consider you.
I suppose the best argument you may have with them is that it is an easy option for them to remove you from the business and avoid having to pay you any further such as sick pay or anything else.
However, in terms of forcing them to select you for redundancy or forcing them to increase their offer, it is unlikely to happen from a legal perspective, meaning that it is entirely up to them of that happens.
I appreciate this may not be the answer you were hoping for but it is the legal position and I hope that it at least clarifies where you stand?
Impossible to predict whether they would and in my honest opinion, they may not be willing to do so because everyone’s finances have been severely tightened all of a sudden. So they may be unwilling to offer anything extra unless absolutely necessary, or at all. To be honest the only way to find out is to try it – you have nothing to lose by doing so