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The firm I worked for went out of business. I was given my redundancy forms and asked to hand the van keys to the accountants on the site. Over the weekend I got a ‘phone call from a firm which had taken over the contract asking me to come in to work on Monday. Will I still be entitled to redundancy pay?

It depends whether the transfer of the business falls under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations. Generally where employees are dismissed as redundant they are entitled to a redundancy payment unless the new owner offers continued employment before the notice given to employees expires. Since you were given no notice of redundancy, then on the face of it you should be entitled to a statutory redundancy payment. If necessary ring the ACAS helpline on 0300 1231100.

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