What are your redundancy rights?
If you’ve been made redundant or are facing redundancy, it’s important to know your rights. Here’s an overview of the process, what you’re entitled to, and how to appeal.
Statutory Redundancy Pay Calculator
The maximum weekly statutory redundancy payment amount is €600, but some employers offer more than that; known as ex gratia payment.
This is anything above the statutory amount you’re entitled to.
To check how much you’ll get based on your circumstances, you can use the redundancy calculator on the gov.ie website. Your statutory redundancy payment is not taxable, but any ex gratia payment could be.
You can check here.
Redundancy rights FAQs
Am I allowed time off during my redundancy notice period?
Yes, you are still entitled to take any pre-booked holidays and are allowed reasonable time off to find alternative work e.g. attend interviews.
Am I entitled to redundancy pay if I work for an agency?
Yes, if you meet the qualifying criteria. However, if the agency pays your wage, they will also have to pay the statutory redundancy payment.
Are apprentices entitled to redundancy?
Yes, if you’re an apprentice, the same rules apply as for a regular employee.
You may qualify for a redundancy payment unless you’re dismissed within a month after your apprenticeship ends.
Can I be made redundant while I’m on maternity leave?
No. You can’t be issued with notice of redundancy while you’re on ordinary or additional maternity leave.
Do I have to decide straight away if my employer offers me an alternative role?
No, you’re entitled to the full job details and to do a trial for up to four weeks.
If the alternative role means your hours or pay have reduced by 50% or more, you could do the role for up to a year without it counting as your acceptance.
Do I have to pay tax on my redundancy payments?
No, your statutory redundancy pay isn’t taxable. However, if you receive additional redundancy money from your company, this may be taxed, check here.
What are collective redundancies?
These are where a minimum number of redundancies are made during a 30 day period, depending on the size of the company e.g.at least 5 employees out of a workforce of between 20 and 50. Find out more about the rules on collective redundancies on the citizensinformation.ie website.
What's the difference between redundancy and being fired?
If you’re fired, it’s usually because of some sort of misconduct on your part. If you’re made redundant, you lose your job due to business reasons e.g. cost cutting or restructure that are usually beyond your control.
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