We think you are in Victoria. If not please click 'Change'

In your state, you are required to confirm you wish to access this information. Please enter 'QLD' or 'WA' in the field below to continue.

No thanks

Don’t let redundancy ruin your Christmas

With just under two months until Christmas, an unfortunate reality is that this time can bring uncertainty around the security of your employment. Big and small businesses sometimes approach this time of year as a time to reduce costs and people headcounts, looking to start the year fresh. The festive season often sees a spike in redundancies and layoffs, which can have a staggering impact on families.

Redundancy occurs most often when an employer makes a decision that the role is no longer needed. Under employment law, the redundancy must be genuine. If it’s not, you may have rights to compensation for any harm or loss that has resulted.

Some common situations where your role may not have been made genuinely redundant include when:

  • Your job still needs to be done by someone. Commonly this occurs if your same role is advertised immediately after you have been made redundant.
  • The employer hasn’t followed certain requirements. Some awards and employments require consultation with you and fellow employees before redundancy can occur.
  • Your employer could have reasonably offered you another role within the business or a related entity, but failed to do so.

 

woman-concerned-checks-computer

 

How long until I should seek legal advice?

If you have been made redundant, or have been told you may be made redundant, it’s best to seek legal advice straight away. Calculating redundancy entitlements can be complex and your employer may not always get it right. Depending upon factors such as your age, your level of service and your award or contract, you may be entitled to certain benefits that your employer hasn’t provided for. Sometimes things such as bonuses are excluded or miscalculated during the redundancy process.

All too often, we find that employers attempt to make people redundant in situations where it wasn’t genuine. If this is the case, you may really have been fired due to:

  • A decision that was harsh, unjust or unreasonable;
  • Discrimination; or
  • A protected workplace right – such as taking genuine sick leave or annual leave.

In these situations, you may have a right to bring a claim against your employer for unfair dismissal or breach of contract if you fall outside of the jurisdiction of the Fair Work Act. Generally, you must start your claim within 21 days of being dismissed, so it’s important to seek legal advice quickly. You may be entitled to seek compensation or have your role reinstated.

Shine Lawyers Employment Team help everyday workers all over Australia during business hours and after. Get in touch today to find out how we can protect your rights as an employee.

Written by Shine Lawyers on . Last modified: November 10, 2017.

Join the discussion

Share this article:

There are 0 comments. Be the first!

Working on Christmas Day? Employee rights on a public holiday

If you work a 9-5 job, you’ll probably spend Christmas Day at home with family, feasting on fine food and swapping gifts. Yet for thousands of Australian workers, the day is business as usual. Doctors, police officers, paramedics, firefighters and carers are among the many who may be requested to work a shift on December […]

Read more

Dos and don’ts for your work Christmas party

For some, Christmas parties are a time to let your hair down, bond with your colleagues and celebrate the closing of another year. For others, the forced festivity is an ordeal to be survived. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, it’s important to remember that you may be off the clock but you’re […]

Read more

Call Us Now

Our friendly consultants are available to talk Monday to Friday, 8:15am to 6:00pm AEST.

1800 618 851

Live Chat

Chat with Shine Lawyers through the livechat system without leaving your computer. No downloading, completely private and best of all - its easy to use.

Start a live chat now

Enquire Now

Enquire now