redundancy: know your rights

23/01/2018 14:41:53

When you’ve been made redundant, before you move on it's important to know that you've go what you're entitled to. However, once you have closure, redundancy can be an excellent opportunity to refocus or even reinvent your career goals.  

First things first, you need ensure your redundancy was genuine. The Fair Work Act 2009 defines genuine redundancy as when:

  • the employee’s job doesn’t need to be performed by anyone because of operational changes to the business (such as relocation, restructure, downsizing or new machinery), and;
  • the employer has met the consultation requirements found in the relevant modern award, enterprise agreement or other industrial instruments.

If it’s reasonable for you to be redeployed elsewhere in the businesses – be it another department or in a business of an entity associated with the business – your redundancy could, in fact, be against the law.  

what you're entitled to

Once you've determined whether the redundancy is above board, the next step is to determine if you have a right to a redundancy payment. You may be entitled to redundancy or severance pay if any of the following applies to you:

  • If you are under an award or agreement that contains redundancy pay entitlements.
  • If you worked in an organisation that employs 15 or more people for more than 12 months continuous service (some exceptions apply).

what's next?

Once you are sure your redundancy has been handled correctly, stop and consider your next move. Rather than rushing into the first role that comes along, take advantage of the time to consider your next steps. One of the best ways to do this can be to look backwards before you look forward. Ask yourself:

  • Were you happy with your previous role?
  • What could have been better?
  • Did the job progress your career goals or was it a sideways step?
  • What direction do you want to take next? 

Your redundancy could be a blessing in disguise and a chance to make a decisive change. You never know, your next move could lead to an increased salary, improved work/life balance or a role with an organisation that has a workplace culture to which you better align. So, what does it take to change the course of your career?

consider career transition coaching

Galilei is Randstad’s out-placement service. It provides personal coaching or group career counselling through seminars and workshops. This process gives you the chance to work through your redundancy and regain control of your career.

Together with a professional coach, you survey your career to identify your talents and ambitions and determine the type of role that best suits you. Career coaching can help you answer pressing questions, such as whether you should change industry sectors, or equally highlight areas where you need to upskill.

Once you have a clearer picture of where you're headed, a Randstad recruitment specialist can help you secure a role that fits into your new career plan. 

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