Temporary Changes to Redundancy Payments Act

Many businesses have been forced to lay off staff or reduce their working hours temporarily during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Current regulation

Considering the current situation, the law on claiming redundancy from your employer if you have been temporarily laid off, or temporarily put on short-time work was changed during the COVID-19 emergency period. Normally, if you are laid off or put on short-time hours, you could claim redundancy from your employer after 4 weeks or more, or 6 weeks in the last 13 weeks.


Under the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act, you will not be able to claim redundancy during the emergency period if you were laid off or put on short-time work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently the emergency period runs at least till 10th August 2020

What it means to you

Therefore, considering the fact that the emergency period was set out in legislation from 13 March 2020 to 10 August 2020 and may be extended, until the end of May at least you cannot claim Redundancy.