As we have to pay redundancy for employees whose term exceeds 2 years are we able to avoid this cost – can we issue contracts for just under 2 years? If contracts are issued purely to avoid the redundancy legislation, would they automatically become unlawful?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 December 2013
Arthur Cox
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Employees with a least two years' continuous employment are entitled to a statutory redundancy payment if they are dismissed by reason of redundancy. The amount of statutory redundancy pay to which an employee is entitled depends on his or her age, length of service and pay (subject up to a maximum £13,500).

Employees may also be entitled to contractual redundancy pay, over and above statutory redundancy pay. A contract of employment that is issued for a fixed term of less than two years to avoid the employer having to pay statutory redundancy pay is not unlawful.

However, if the employee is employed for more than one year, the employer will not be able to avoid the unfair dismissal

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