Redundancy entitlements

Redundancy can come as a significant shock – one which leaves many people feeling uncertain and vulnerable. Redundancy is a complex area of law and it is important to have independent legal advice to both ensure the legality of the redundancy itself and to safeguard your redundancy pay, rights and entitlements. At Maurice Blackburn, we are ideally positioned to ensure you receive all your statutory and contractual entitlements to notice, leave and redundancy pay, as well as rights such as bonuses and share options.

If you have been made redundant or are facing redundancy, you should get prompt legal advice. Maurice Blackburn are the nationally recognised experts in employment law and will achieve the best result for you.

If you are facing redundancy contact us today to discuss how we can ensure your entitlements.

Are you facing redundancy?

Prompt legal advice is critical. All too often employers are unaware of or attempt to avoid their legal obligations to employees. We can ensure that you receive all your statutory and contractual entitlements to notice, leave and redundancy pay. Our executive employment specialists can also ensure that your contractual rights, including profit sharing and bonus schemes, as well as discretionary entitlements, are enforced.

Additionally, you may have the right to challenge your employer's decision to declare your position redundant, or you may have a right to refuse a redeployment position that is offered to you. Our highly experience employment law attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and protect your entitlements.

Successful cases

McCormick v Riverwood International Australia

McCormick v Riverwood International (Australia) Pty Ltd [1999] 167ALR 689

In 1999 Maurice Blackburn's employment lawyers conducted the leading redundancy pay case to date. Riverwood denied that it had a contractual obligation to make a redundancy payment to Mr McCormick.

Representing Mr McCormick, we successfully proved that an employee could recover redundancy pay contained in a company policy.

Mr McCormick was awarded $76,435 in compensation plus all legal expenses.

Are you entitled to other payments?

Redundancy pay is meant to compensate an employee whose job has become redundant for things such as lost personal leave (including sick and carer's leave) and long service leave, as well as for the inconvenience and hardship imposed on the employee.

Redundancy pay should be paid in addition to any payment for notice of termination or pay in lieu of notice. If you have been made redundant you are also entitled to receive a payment equivalent to any accrued annual leave. Some redundant workers may also be entitled to payments for accrued long service leave and sick leave.

Maurice Blackburn solicitors will make sure you receive everything you are entitled to. Talk to us today to find out how we can protect your redundancy rights and entitlements.