Voluntary redundancy

Hi,
I have been on furlough since April 2nd my employer has promoted me about taking voluntary redundancy on finally agreeing to this, he just happily took it after 20 of employment, I have to give 12 weeks notice which I had to tell him about and he sent me a package with an end of contract date being 28th July I told him he could use the next 8 weeks of furlough to save him paying me 80% so he only has to top it up by the 20% and then when my furlough ends at end of June I would work the last month being July to tie up loose ends etc, he decided to put me on gardening leave for July which I can’t understand why after 20 years, my holiday allocation was wrong so on challenging this he asked for time to look into it and I agreed, now the next day he has retracted the voluntary redundancy as apparently business is great so I need to still stay on furlough with 3 others members of staff but I must return to work on July 1st, how can he withdraw this now and still take money from the government for 4 members of staff for another 2 months if business is great, I have spoken to a union who have said that as the agreement of a a package and end date and gardening leave is only in an email it is not a legal binding document surely an email is valid as your not being allowed contact to sign a document with the covid19 pandemic in place.

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  • JReacher1
    JReacher1 Posts: 4,652 Forumite
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    edited 8 May 2020 at 9:04AM
    It’s hard to understand what happened but they can retract an offer of redundancy. 

  • Ticket44
    Ticket44 Posts: 3 Newbie
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    thank you but it’s so frustrating he has done this so I don’t receive anything from him now, he has always been a person that he wins no matter what and he is above the law, he has only changed his mind to spite me and I know that’s hard to believe but I know what he is capable of after 20 years, he was happy to never see me again and put me
    on gardening leave but now is still happy to use the government’s money to pay my wages for the next 2 months, he has demanded that I go back to work on July 1st but not sure what will happen now as I want to leave so don’t know what to do about my 12 weeks notice period, my daughter has a heart condition and is at high risk so I can’t just go to work on his say so, I did start working from home for 2 weeks at the end of March but he wouldn’t allow me some access at home due to sensitive information I can understand that but he has given my 2 other colleagues all the access they need but they are single mothers and do the same role as me and I feel
    i was put on furlough as I have a husband, he never likes to be challenged and all of this is over 3 days holiday pay which is all I asked for as it is correct and due to me 
  • Comms69
    Comms69 Posts: 14,229 Forumite
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    Im confused, if you agree to voluntary redundancy, you tell them what you want. So if you've not a greed a settlement, he is in effect dismissing you (unfairly)
  • sharpe106
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    So basically he offered you voluntary redundancy and you worked out an agreement but he has since changed his mind and does not want you leave?  As your union said as it was only by email it was not official so it is not legally binding it was just discussion of options. Why he changed his mind does not really matter.

    Lots of companies will be taking advantage of the job retention scheme that do not really need it.

    By the sounds of it on the 1st July you go back to work as normal unless the scheme gets extended and you remain furloughed.

    With regards to the home working have you asked him about this, why they have had access and you have not?



  • TopBox
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    Hi, (first post)
    My workplace, a Russell Group university, is offering VR to some sections of the workforce. 
    If I made a successful application for this, does anyone know whether it would affect any subsequent benefit claims? I've been employed full-time for just over three years in a non-academic capacity.
  • Comms69
    Comms69 Posts: 14,229 Forumite
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    Generally no, but it's not 100% certain. These cases seem to go both ways.
  • TopBox
    TopBox Posts: 5 Forumite
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    Thanks Comms69.
    I imagine by taking VR I would technically be making myself unemployed, so it is a bit of a concern.
  • sharpe106
    sharpe106 Posts: 3,559 Forumite
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    Looking at money advice you may still be able to claim UC. Although go through the calculator on the information as if you had taken the package and see what you are entitled to.

     https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/considering-voluntary-redundancy


  • TopBox
    TopBox Posts: 5 Forumite
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    Thanks sharpe106, that's really helpful. 
  • Very useful link, thanks.
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