The term redundancy refers to a reasoning fired employees may give to gain payments from their past employers. If an employee is fired because his job becomes unneeded by the employer, they are qualified for this claim and money.
There are, of course, more specific guidelines on what a redundancy layoff is defined as in the first place. If the employer is planning on shutting down operations in a certain branch or removing services a certain employee is performing, he will be firing employees based on redundancy. To make it simpler, redundancy means the employer no longer needs the fired employees to obtain the new goals they have set for their business or company.
Before making a redundancy claim, an employee must first figure out if he or she qualifies. A person filing this claim must have worked their past job for at least two years. They must also not be under the age of twenty or past the age of retirement for the job. If the employee is fired for misconduct, he/she cannot file this claim as well. Many employers may also offer a similar position to fired employees, those employees who refuse a suitable offer do not qualify for redundancy claims. And naturally, fixed-contract workers who give up their redundancy rights. In addition many foreign workers and government employees will not qualify for redundancy either.
Once an employee is certain he is entitled to a redundancy claim, they must then determine how much money they will receive. The law has a formula to do so. For every year an employee between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two, they are entitled to one half’s week pay. For every year an employee works between twenty-two and forty-one, they receive one week of pay. And for every year past forty-one they will receive one and a half’s week pay. The maximum number of years that can be used to determine a redundancy claim is twenty. To put this into example let’s say a person worked at his current employer from the age of twenty-one to fifty-one before being fired for redundancy. He would then file a claim and get an equivalent of twenty-five weeks of pay. The government would send the money through the mail and show how the number they determined was calculated. All redundancy payments are exempt from income taxes, up to thirty thousand euros. Remember that many employers have their own redundancy payment plans, and those can bring more money than a government plan.
As mentioned before, redundancy is claimed through the government, usually, and is paid automatically to people who are determined as qualifying. If an employee does not qualify for a redundancy claim but still feels he or she does, they can write a claim into their former employers or a tribunal. They will then be able to decide whether or not they payment should be made.
In conclusion, it is usually tough for any employee to lose their job and money is something that is needed by all. Redundancy claims may be just the thing many need to help them live comfortably while searching for new employment. As long as one qualifies, it is something that should be taken advantage of by all.