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Redundancy Payments.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 11 March 2010

Thursday, 11 March 2010

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Jack Wall

Ceist:

93 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the position regarding redundancy payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12098/10]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Enterprise)

As indicated in my previous reply of 12 November, 2009, there is no record in my Department of a claim for redundancy payment in respect of the individual concerned. The time limit for an employee to make application for a redundancy payment or to make a claim to the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in a situation where the employer disputes payment of redundancy is 52 weeks of ceasing employment. However, the EAT has the power to extend the deadline from 52 weeks to 104 weeks if satisfied that the delay by the employee in making the claim arose through reasonable cause.

I understand that in the present instance application was made by the individual for a hearing before the Employment Appeals Tribunal. The EAT is an independent body under the aegis of my Department and as such, I have no role in its day-to-day operations. However, I understand that the possibility for the individual to obtain recourse before the EAT has already been exhausted. In that sense, my Department is not aware of any change in the situation from that outlined in my previous reply.

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