Your employer is making you redundant but has offered you another job – must you accept it?

Your job is at risk of redundancy, and your employer has offered you redeployment to another job in the same company – are you obliged to take it? We look at the details in our article here.

Redundancy is a ‘fair’ means of dismissal by your employer, so long as the procedures the Employer follows and the circumstances are correct. A redundancy situation happens when there’s no more, or not enough, work for you and your colleagues (e.g. your employer closes or relocates the business, or now needs fewer workers).

Redeployment

Employers need to consider the following factors when deciding if an alternative role will be ‘suitable’ to replace an employees’ redundant job:

  • Will you have the right skills and experience for the new role?
  • Are the terms of the alternative job similar – e.g. status, place of work, job duties, pay, hours of work, responsibility.

If it is reasonable for you to refuse a ‘suitable’ alternative role you have been offered, you will receive a statutory redundancy payment. You will not be due a redundancy payment if you unreasonably refuse a suitable alternative job offer.

If your employer offers you a new job that’s a reasonable alternative to your old job, but where there are some differences to the old position and its terms and conditions, you’re entitled to an automatic four-week statutory trial period in the new job.

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