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Redundant at Christmas...

Postby Weasley » Thu Dec 20, 2007 10:47 am

It's gotta be one of the worse things in the world - to be laid off at Christmas time!
It came as a complete shock too...I was working away last week when the boss called me in to his office. He told me that the company had gone bust and that we were all been made redundant (all 8 of us.) I couldn't believe it! I mean, I had no clue that the company was going down, the boss was out a couple of nights before flashing his cash. Anyway, the major blow came when they told me I was only going to be paid a weeks wages! I had done a whole month and was due to get paid for my month on Friday but I got a week! I was sooo angry...plus I know I don't have a leg to stand on as he never gave us a contract. In the 8 months I had been working there I had asked 4 times for my contract, always to be given the same answer - "we are updating them, you will get it shortly." I mean, it's Christmas, I have bills and rent to pay! I feel even more sorry for other colleagues who got the boot too, they have kids and houses and stuff, how bad must it be for them?
I would just like to know if there is any thing I can do about only been paid a week although I was owed at least a month (and a lot of people have told me they give another month as redundancy pay.) I know I didn't have a contract (no one did) but I just don't feel that losing my job and only getting a weeks wages just before Christmas is a moral thing.
Any help or advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance guys.

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Postby brfc » Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:05 am

you should be entitled too redundency money contract or no contract. my best bet would be too go to the citizens advice bureuax with this and ask them were you stand. they,ll give you all the legal info you need.
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Postby Bel Bel » Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:02 pm

Yes I agree with BRFC
Get down their and find out your rights
And make sure you claim any benefits your entitled to whilst out of work
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Postby Z3girl » Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:47 pm

I think its sounds as though he didn’t give you those contracts as he new what could happen!! Do your other colleagues have contracts? If not this could be a job for a solicitor - It may be a good idea to speak to your Colleagues to see what they have to say about it and then go to a solicitor!

You can go to certain solicitors and get free advice to see if you have a case and you may well have!

Very nasty of him to do this just before Christmas too! :evil:
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Postby spacegirl » Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:53 pm

i think - check this first - that by you working for him then you had an implied contract between you, a verbal one, paper contract or not. you're entitled to be paid for services you did under the understanding that there's be some consideration, ie payment. it's been a while since i did contract law but get straight down to citizen's advice, they'll be able to tell you your rights, don't take this one lying down, that's a disgrace.
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Re: Redundant at Christmas...

Postby retrochav » Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:07 am

To recieve redundancy pay you have to have worked with a company for one year, then you get one weeks pay. Before working one year, it depends on your contract.

However, you are legally entitled to your full wages and any accrued holiday pay. Normally, it would be a case of illegal deduction of wages and straight to employment tribunal. However, where a firm goes bust you have a problem. Essentially, it would be down to the administraters to sort out who to pay, and they can only do this if there is any money in the firm, or assets that can be sold. Then the creditors (ie: the bank) get first dibs on that!

My advice would be to put in a claim for Job Seekers Allowance. Advise them that as the firm has gone bust you AREN'T expecting holiday pay to materialise anytime soon. Go to the nearest JobCentre Plus to make your claim - do this ASAP as they are really reluctant to backdate benefit. Claim a crisis loan in the interim (they will loan to a maximum of 14 days JSA to cover living costs. Between £38 -£59.15 depending on your age, which is interest free and you pay back when you money comes through over 78 weeks. Not ideal i know, but thats the welfare system for you.

As for pursuing the monies owed, CAB usually refer you to a Law Centre or nearest place that does Legal Help. Being on JSA will passport you to free legal help. Chasing lost wages needs specialist legal help, and its a long proccess and theres no guarentee of success, sorry to be blunt but i feel you need to be informed.
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Postby Weasley » Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:41 am

Thanks guys for your advice, I'm going to get my butt down to my local bureau tomorrow and ask them for advice. Luckily I have an interview tomorrow so fingers crossed I won't have to claim any benefits. It's just really bad timing! Regarding contracts, nobody there had contracts apart from the team leaders who he has kept on until Christmas...but then again I guess it's in the contract to get some kind of notice???? I'm raging angry!!!!!!! :evil:
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Postby morris mouse » Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:23 am

Weasley wrote: I'm going to get my butt down to my local bureau tomorrow and ask them for advice. Luckily I have an interview tomorrow so fingers crossed I won't have to claim any benefits.


Hello,"Weasley"

As you say,this is a very difficult situation to be in :cry: :cry:
(especially this time of year!!!!!)

How did you get on at the interview?? Grateful if you could please keep
us up to date.......
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