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My wife worked two hours every evening cleaning a children’s nursery. But the owner is getting contract cleaners in, so my wife’s employment has been terminated. She had a signed contract, so what rights does she have?

It’s likely that your wife will be entitled to compensation for unfair dismissal if she has been working at the nursery for more than two years. It’s possible that her employer will offer a redundancy payment, although whether it’s genuinely a redundancy is questionable. Her contract is likely to say how much notice pay she is entitled to, but there’s a statutory minimum. If your wife is offered nothing she should apply for an employment tribunal hearing within three months of her dismissal.

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