Redundancy Pay - Entitlement
You will receive Redundancy payment only if you are an employee working with a contract of employment. Contracts of employment can be spoken or written and last for a fixed term or for any length of time. In law, employees generally have a contract as soon as you begin work and by turning up for work you accept the conditions offered by the employer.
- Usually Self-employed people and members of a partnership do not qualify
- Directors and other office holders may be employees if they work under a contract of employment.
Specific categories of people do not have a right to redundancy payments.
- Members of the Armed Forces
- Staff in the Houses of Commons and Lords
- An Apprentices whose contract ends at the end of the apprenticeship
- An employee at the end of a fixed term contract, lasting at least two years, where a written waiver to redundancy payment has been signed
- A domestic servant who works in a private home and who is a member of the employer's immediate close family
- Share fishermen paid only by a share in the proceeds of the catch
- Crown servants or employees in a public office
- Employees of the Government of an overseas territory