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How long has the employee been working for you? In order to be eligible for a redundancy payment they must have been continuously employed for two years.
Have you calculated the redundancy payment that would be due to the employee. If not you can use the calculators on the Department for Business and Skills website:-
If you fail to make the appropriate payment employee will be entitled to refer the matter to an Employment Tribunal, who will certainly find against you.
If you, as employer, are insolvent and the redundancy payment remains due the employee may apply to Redundancy Payment Office using Form RP1 for payment out of the National Insurance Fund, if the Redundancy Payment Office are satisfied that the employee is entitled to the payment then they will make the payment out of the fund. They will then have a statutory right to recover the money from you and will be in line with your other creditors.
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SHE IS ENTITLED TO £8900 AS SHES BEEN EMPLOYED FOR 20 YEARS 6 MONTHS UNDER ME AND 19.5 PREVIOUS OWNER(BOUGHT EXISTING BUSINESS)
AS I SAID I HAVE NOT GOT THE MONEY TO PAY HER WAGES LET ALONE THE REDUNDANCY
I do sympathise with your position but if the business is insolvent then the employee will be entitled to make a claim either to an employment tribunal or the Redundancy Payments office.
The Employment Rights Act 1996 protects employees in the event of redundancy and there is next to nothing that you can do to get around it.
If you bought a company you may have to consider writing to your creditors to see if you can enter into an informal arrangement with them with a timetable for payment. If this cannot be reached you may have to speak with an insolvency practitioner about entering a Company Voluntary Arrangement or administration.
If you instructed a solicitor to deal with the purchase of the business then you should check to see that you were made aware of your responsibilities as to redundancy. They should have made you aware of the businesses responsibilities in the event of redundancy.
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You can try, but she is entitled to the whole amount and will be entitled to make a claim for the whole amount at an employment tribunal, or through the RPO if you are insolvent.
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