It seems like stories about redundancies at firms across the country are rarely out of the headlines these days. But what should you do if it happens to you?

Redundancy is described by the government as a form of dismissal from your job. Your employer may need to reduce its workforce to cut costs, for instance, or the company you work for may be moving or going out of business (see our post on What to do if your employer goes out of business, right). And sometimes what you do at work may have become unnecessary because your employer has adopted new technologies or systems (meaning your job no longer exists).

Though it is undoubtedly a difficult time, being laid off also comes with certain rights and procedures that have to be followed. If you’ve just found out that you’re being made redundant – or if you feel it’s something that could happen to you in the future – it’s a good idea to increase your awareness of your employer’s responsibilities and what redundancy pay you may be entitled to.

The following help sheet gives practical guidance on when and why you can be made redundant, notice periods, redundancy pay and appealing as well as details of where you can go if you need further information.