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Director Redundancy: What Are The Eligibility Criteria For Director Redundancy Pay?

June 28, 2024 Hasib Howlader Director Redundancy: What Are The Eligibility Criteria For Director Redundancy Pay?

A directorship is an exciting role, a privilege and a chance to demonstrate leadership. But directors must also prepare to face a range of challenges, and the one we’ll cover in this article is the possibility of redundancy. 

Director redundancy refers to the situation where a company director's role is no longer required due to various reasons such as business closure, restructuring, or financial difficulties. 

When this occurs, directors may be eligible for redundancy pay, similar to regular employees. 

However, the criteria for director redundancy pay are more specific and can be more complex to navigate. But understanding the eligibility criteria for director redundancy pay can provide clarity and financial security during difficult times. 

In this blog, we will explore the key aspects of director redundancy, ensuring that you are well-informed about your rights and options. Here are the primary eligibility criteria for director redundancy pay.

Statutory requirements

To qualify for director redundancy pay, you must meet certain statutory requirements.

Firstly, as well as having a directorship, you must be an employee of the company. 

This means you must have a contract of employment that outlines your duties and responsibilities as a director. 

On its own, being a director alone does not automatically qualify you for redundancy pay; you must also be an employee.

As an employee, you will need to have been employed by the company for at least two continuous years. 

This period is crucial as it establishes your long-term commitment to the company and forms the basis for calculating redundancy pay.

Be aware that your role as a director – and contract of employment – should be an active one, rather than simply holding an office. Your contract should detail the terms of your employment, including salary, duties, and working hours.

The redundancy must be genuine, meaning that your role is no longer needed due to changes in the business. 

Common scenarios include company insolvency, restructuring, or a significant downturn in business leading to cost-cutting measures.

Assessing the right to director redundancy pay

Company administration

One of the most common situations leading to director redundancy is company administration

When a company becomes insolvent and enters into administration, directors may be eligible for redundancy pay. 

In such cases, the redundancy pay is often covered by The Government's National Insurance Fund, ensuring that directors receive their due compensation even if the company lacks sufficient funds.

More info from the government on redundancy eligibility and support can be found here – and we go into more depth into what happens to the directors of a dissolved company in our blog.

Voluntary liquidation

In a voluntary liquidation scenario, directors may still be entitled to redundancy pay if the business is closed due to financial difficulties or strategic restructuring. 

Directors should ensure they meet the eligibility criteria and provide necessary documentation to support their claim.

Business restructuring

If a company undergoes significant restructuring in insolvency, resulting in the elimination of certain director roles, affected directors may qualify for redundancy pay.

Calculating director redundancy pay

The amount of redundancy pay a director can receive depends on several factors.

The duration of your continuous service with the company plays a significant role in determining the redundancy pay. Generally, the longer you have served, the higher the redundancy pay you are entitled to.

Your age at the time of redundancy can also impact the calculation. Redundancy pay is often calculated based on age brackets, with different rates applied to various age groups.

Salary also is a factor in the redundancy calculation. Your salary and any regular bonuses or commissions will be taken into account. 

In the UK, should you receive statutory redundancy pay, it will be calculated according to age, weekly pay, and number of years employed. You can calculate your statutory redundancy pay here.

In some cases, companies may offer enhanced redundancy pay packages that exceed the statutory minimum. 

Enhanced redundancy pay can be negotiated as part of the director's contract or offered voluntarily by the company to provide additional financial support.

How to claim director redundancy pay

When making a redundancy claim, you need to provide appropriate documentation and evidence to support your claim. 

In recent years the government has updated its guidance on director redundancy payment applications. As of May 2022 the information a director may need to provide includes:

  • Structure of the company in terms of directorships
  • Last three years’ P60s
  • Last three months’ wage slips
  • Employer’s bank statements for the last 12 months to review regularity of payments
  • Comparison of the contracted hours being claimed in relation to the work being undertaken
  • Copy of the contract of employment and whether the terms of the contract were enacted
  • Dividends received in the last three years
  • Holiday pay and workplace pension arrangements
  • Sick leave, grievance and disciplinary procedures

Later in 2022 the government removed criteria around needing to work a minimum of 16 hours per week, or the company needing to have traded for more than two years.

Here is the link to claim for redundancy money.

Director redundancy and eligibility

Director redundancy can be a challenging and stressful experience, but understanding the eligibility criteria for director redundancy pay can provide much-needed financial support during this time. 

By ensuring that you meet the statutory requirements, demonstrating your active involvement in the business, and providing the necessary documentation, you can successfully claim your entitled redundancy pay.

Here at Hudson Weir, we are dedicated to assisting directors and businesses in navigating the complexities of redundancy and insolvency. 

Our team of highly qualified Chartered Accountants and Chartered Insolvency Practitioners has years of experience in providing expert advice and support. 

If you are facing director redundancy or have any questions about your eligibility for redundancy pay – or perhaps are facing a situation at your business where directors may be made redundant – please do not hesitate to contact us.

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