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While under notice of redundancy, employees are entitled to reasonable time off with pay during working hours to seek alternative work, dependent upon fulfilling the qualifying conditions (two years' continuous employment).
There is no stipulated amount of time off which employers need provide, but the maximum an employer can be required to pay is 40% of weekly earnings.
You can also take time off to arrange training to help you find another job.
If an employer refuses time off or payment for the time off, employees can submit a claim to a tribunal that can order the employer to pay (section 52 ERA 96). The complaint must be made within three months of the employer’s refusal.
The information in this section provides guidance and some basic details of employment rights. They do not attempt to be comprehensive, and should not be taken as an authoritative statement of the law. For latest advice and guidance, please contact our Helpdesk.
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If you are a TSSA member and are looking for advice or assistance in connection with your employment or membership, you can contact our Members’ Helpdesk.
We can advise on a range of workplace issues including; discipline and grievance hearing, maternity rights and redundancy.
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