You can take the time off at any time in normal working hours. For example you could be paid at your normal hourly rate for up to 2 days if you work 5 days a week. You can take 'reasonable' time off once your employer has given you a date for when your employment will end.
Being made redundant: finding work, claiming benefits and managing debts
Ask your employer before you take any time off. Try to give them as much notice as possible and tell them what you need the time for - for example a job interview.
Giving notice and a reason will make your employer more likely to agree. Start by talking to your employer if they refuse to pay you for time off to look for work. You could speak to your human resources HR department, if there is one. Not all employers know about this right - they might change their mind if you explain the law to them or show them online information on your rights for example, the Acas guide to redundancy.
After Acas early conciliation, your final option is to take your employer to an employment tribunal.
If you pay a higher tax rate, you need to call HMRC to arrange to pay the extra tax. You might also be able to get a higher amount of benefits you already get, for example:. If you have a mortgage, check your mortgage protection policy to see what it says about redundancy.
You might get some money towards your mortgage while you look for a new job. For more information about help with mortgage costs and mortgage arrears, see How to sort out your mortgage problems.
Benefits when you've been made redundant
You should get advice about any debts you have already - read about how to get help with your debts. If you got redundancy pay, you might want to speak to an independent financial adviser about what to do with it.
For example, you might choose to put it in a high-interest or invest it. You can get advice from the National Careers Service if you want to get a new qualification or make a career change, like starting your own business.
Redundancy can often take more of an emotional toll than people expect, especially if the consultation and selection process has taken a while. For example, some organisations provide a free helpline for people to talk about their redundancy or any other personal issues. Your employer might also pay for you to speak to a professional adviser about your CV, as part of your redundancy package. Top links Housing benefit.
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