Is redundancy pay calculated on how long I have worked at my employer if I have taken a new role?

I have worked for one school for over 25 years. In the last five years I changed to two part-time jobs – one still within the first school. I think I am going to be made redundant from this first school. Am I entitled to redundancy pay? My contract states that continuous employment for the purpose of calculating redundancy is when I first started working for the school. Would I be entitled to the full number of years?

 

Your entitlement to statutory redundancy pay is calculated by reference to your age, the length of your continuous service with the employer making you redundant, and  at the date of your redundancy (section 162 Employment Rights Act 1996)

If you have two jobs it is your length of service with the employer who is making you redundant that is relevant. Therefore you should be entitled to a statutory redundancy payment from your first employer based on your service since you first started at the school (capped at a maximum of 20 years) and your gross weekly pay (capped at £525 per week). It is not clear from your e-mail the circumstances in which you changed to two part-time jobs, so we have assumed for the purposes of responding to your specific question that in relation to your first employer your contract of employment continued without any interruption and that the only change to your terms and conditions with your first employer at that stage was a reduction in your working hours.

Also we have assumed that your second employer is unconnected with your first employer and that you have a separate contract of employment with each of your two employers.  If this is not the case, or if there is any dispute in terms of your entitlement then we recommend that you take legal advice.

*Helen Frankland assisted in answering this question.



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