Redundancy costs increase

Voluntary sector organisations will find it more expensive to make people redundant after the Government upped the employees' minimum entitlement.

The amounts organisations must pay to individuals has increased as a result of legislation that came into force last week. The weekly amount used for working out redundancy awards has been increased from £310 to £330.

Other payment amounts have also been upped. The maximum payout for those found to have been unfairly dismissed by their employer at an employment tribunal has gone up from £60,600 to £63,000. The minimum amount, which was £4,200, is now £4,400.

The legislation applies to employees leaving their posts after 1 February.

Another measure affecting the voluntary sector being introduced at the end of February is a rule stating that employers must not only verify whether employees have the right to work in the UK but if they have any restrictions on those rights they must be rechecked every 12 months.

The full list of changes can be found on the Office of Public Sector Information website.

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