Your rights during redundancy

Appeal a redundancy decision

As an employee, you can appeal against being made redundant if you believe you were unfairly selected or your employer did not follow a fair redundancy process.

Appeal to your employer

You should talk to your employer first and check if they have an appeals process. If they do not, you can write to them explaining why you think the redundancy is unfair.

It’s a good idea to get help from staff representatives such as trade unions who may be able to accompany you to any meetings your employer might set up. You can also ask for a senior member of staff who was not involved in the redundancy selection process to handle the appeal.

Download a redundancy appeal letter template.

What your employer can do 

Your employer needs to tell you if they accept or reject your appeal. They need to confirm this in writing.

If they accept your appeal

If you’re still on your notice period they can offer you your job back. This means your employment contract will be the same as before you were selected for redundancy.

If you’ve finished your notice period they can put you back on your previous employment contract. They should consider you as having worked continuously from the date they originally hired you. You must be paid for the time you were not at work.

You’ll need to pay back any redundancy pay.

If they reject your appeal

If you’re due redundancy notice and pay these will continue as planned.

Make a claim to an employment tribunal

If you still believe your redundancy is unfair you can make a claim to an employment tribunal.