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I work for a subsidiary of a multinational company. We were told that reorganisation was taking place, but our jobs were safe until next December. We’ve now been told that our office will close by July. Is it legal to be given false security of employment like this? We’ve been told the redundancy package is likely to be the basic legal requirement plus £4,000.

Statements made by your employers can alter the terms of your employment contract, so in theory if your employers make you redundant six months earlier than previously stated you could sue them for breach of contract. However given the amount of notice you have received and the fact that there’s an extra payment on top of your redundancy package I don’t think you’d get very far with a compensation claim.

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