The purpose of the Redundancy Payments Scheme is to compensate employees for the loss of their job. In the first instance, it is the employer’s responsibility to pay statutory redundancy to the employee should their job become redundant.
If the employer can prove to the satisfaction of my Department that they are unable to make the payment, employees have recourse to the Scheme to gain their statutory entitlement.
Under the terms of the Scheme, the redundancy claim form must be signed by both the employer and the employee. If the employer refuses to engage with an employee and sign their redundancy form, the employee must apply to the Workplace Relations Commission to have them adjudicate on their entitlement under the Redundancy Payments Act 1967, as amended. If an employee receives an award under this Act, they can submit a copy of the award together with a redundancy claim form (RP50) to my Department.
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.