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What are redundancy payments?

Redundancy payments are forms of compensation that are given out when your job suddenly ceases to exist. You could be eligible to claim redundancy if you are an employee or even a business director. 

If you seek to claim statutory redundancy pay, payments are fixed by the law. However, if you are entitled to contractual statutory pay, this amount will vary per company. Details of this amount will be located in your employment contract. All employees should hold a contract of employment according to law.

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Can you claim redundancy as a director?

Company directors are entitled to redundancy, even though many assume they are not. 

Directors of insolvent companies often under-claim what they are entitled to with regards to redundancy and other statutory payments. We will help to ensure that you are entitled to the maximum redundancy by claiming for everything that you are eligible to claim.

How would a director know if they were eligible or not?

There are a number of possible ways that a person could claim redundancy pay. These include:

▪️ The director having a contract of employment

▪️ The director’s company being insolvent 

▪️ The employee working 16 or more weekly hours for the company

▪️  If the previous role of the recipient was more than non-executive

How do you claim redundancy?

You must make claims for director redundancy through the Redundancy Payments Service (RPS). You will be paid with money from the National Insurance Fund if you are eligible for redundancy. 

What is insolvent liquidation?

Generally, there are two main types of insolvent liquidation procedures. The first is Compulsory Liquidation and the second is a Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation (CVL).

A compulsory liquidation happens when a creditor, or more than one creditor, petitions to the court for your company to be forced into liquidation. This will be achieved by putting together a winding-up petition (WUP) against your business. 

On the other hand, a CVL is when the liquidation process is voluntarily started by directors within that insolvent company. They usually enter this process because of intense pressure from creditors, leaving directors concerned with nowhere else to go. An insolvent company would hire an insolvency practitioner and they would take control of the whole process – talking to creditors and facilitating the process of selling assets to repay creditors. 

A Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation, is when the liquidation process is started voluntarily by the directors of an insolvent company. This process is usually entered into because increasing creditor pressures leave the director nowhere else to turn. The insolvent company would appoint an insolvency practitioner who would then call a meeting of the company’s creditors and facilitate the process of selling the company’s assets to repay creditors. Can I claim redundancy if my company isn’t in, or isn’t facing liquidation?

You cannot claim redundancy if your company is not facing liquidation. 

Employees would not be able to claim redundancy while in employment so, with that in mind, a director can only claim redundancy when their company is in the process of going insolvent. Redundancy is designed to help those who have found themselves out of a job as opposed to helping those who simply want to quit their job. 

Therefore, directors cannot seek redundancy in a solvent liquidation as this is seen as putting themselves out of work. There is a choice involved. Redundancy is to help those who lose their job without a say in the matter. 

When can a claim be made for director redundancy?

Timescales are strict for redundancy both before and after liquidation. You have to start the process within 12 months of your company entering liquidation, or before your company is liquidated. The longer that you leave claiming, the more challenging it is to be successful in your pursuit. It is advisable to submit your claim within 6 months if your company has already been liquidated. 

It is better to make a claim before your company is liquidated. People in this situation find that receiving a redundancy payment can help to make the decision to liquidate their company a great deal easier. If you wait until after your company is liquidated, you could miss out on claiming all of your statutory entitlements. So, in short, get it done beforehand!

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Are you eligible to claim Director Redundancy?

As a Limited Company Director you may be entitled to claim Director Redundancy – Average UK claim is £9,000*.

Redundancy FAQs

How much will you make when claiming Director Redundancy?

The most you can receive for redundancy and other statutory entitlements is:

▪️ Redundancy pay – £16.140 capped at 20 weeks

▪️ Notice pay – £6,456 capped at 12 weeks

▪️ Unpaid holidays – £3,228 capped at 6 weeks

▪️ Unpaid wages – £4,304 capped at 8 weeks

▪️ Payments are limited to £544.00 per week

How long does the process usually take from claim to payment?

A director should receive payments within 4-6 weeks, after the creditors’ meeting, so long as you have filled in and returned the relevant paperwork. 

How long does it take to make a liquidation claim after redundancy?

You should be making a claim within 6 months of the company entering liquidation and ceasing trading. Some circumstances could lead to that time frame extending to 12 months but the process, in this case, is a little bit trickier. 

What can stop a redundancy from going through?

There are a number of reasons why a claim may not work. Popular ones are that the company has been incorporated for less than two years, you leave the company before it has gone through the liquidation process, or your employment has been transferred using TUPE regulation. 

What can you claim for with redundancy?

What you are eligible for with redundancy comes down to several factors:

▪️ How long you have been in the role

▪️ Your age at the time you have stopped trading

▪️ Your current salary

With redundancy, salary is capped at £544 per-week. 

£16,140 is the overall maximum pay amount of redundancy pay that you can get. This remains constant, even if your actual earnings are higher or your length of service is longer than is required. 

According to age, this is what you should be entitled to receive: 

    Under 22 – Half a week’s pay for each year of service

22 to 40 – A week’s pay for each year of service

Over 40 – A week and a half’s pay for each year of service

Employer notice

Your employee has to give you a minimum of one weeks’ notice for every year you have worked with them when you are made redundant. This goes up to a maximum of 12 weeks’ notice, worth £6,456. 

Unpaid wages – Up to 8 weeks 

Unpaid holidays – Up to 6 weeks holiday pay

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