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Home | Employment | End of furlough and the importance of the 3 month time limit for appealing redundancy

End of furlough and the importance of the 3 month time limit for appealing redundancy

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), or furlough as it was more commonly known, came to an end on Sep 30. The scheme was a vital lifeline to many businesses across the UK as the impact of the pandemic hit hard. Inevitably, the end of the scheme is likely to see a rise in redundancies in the coming months. Indeed a recent study by the British Chamber found that around 1 in 5 businesses were considering redundancies as CJRS came to an end.

In order for a redundancy dismissal to be fair, for the purposes of unfair dismissal law, there needs to be:

Challenging your redundancy

You can challenge your redundancy if you:

If your employer has an appeals process, you should follow this to challenge the decision. It’s important that you start your appeal as soon as you can however, as there is a time limit on commencing legal proceedings. The first step to taking legal action is called ‘early conciliation’, and you must start this within 3 months minus a day of the date your contract ends.

If you believe you have been unfairly treated or are looking to appeal against your redundancy, our employment law team at Pollock & McLean are here to help. Get in touch today on 01387 255144 or email

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