Employment Law Explained

Daily Archives: 18/03/2009

Will SRP be increased?

I ask this because a Private Members’ Bill, sponsored by Lindsay Hoyle MP, is currently making its way through Parliament.  Its aim is to increase the level of statutory redundancy pay given to employees with more than two years’ service from the current cap of £350 per week per complete year of service (or £525 per week for workers over 41) in to line with average earnings, as opposed to RPI with which it is currently linked. This would mean an increase in the cap  from £350 to £500/750. The award is made up to a maximum of 20 years’ service. Over the years it has fallen behind inflation and means that the maximum an employee made redundant at the moment  can receive (in the absence of a claim for unfair dismissal or an enhanced redundancy package offered by the employer) is a maximum sum of  £7,000 (for those under 41 at dismissal) or £10,500 for those over 41 (and thus would have to be 61 at dismissal with 20 years service to receive it).  In addition employees are entitled to be given their contractual, or statutory notice, and can be asked to work the notice, be put on garden leave for the duration or be paid in lieu. If an employee has less than two years service with an employer he/she is not entitled to any statutory redundancy payment, only to notice.