If your employer offers you an alternative job, you will need to think carefully.
If you turn down a suitable alternative post that is offered by your employer before you are made redundant, your employer may be able to refuse to pay you a redundancy payment.
Specifically, you would lose your redundancy rights if:
You have the right to trial the new job for a brief period (four weeks). This trial period can be extended by agreement with your employer if you need training.
Although you can turn down a job that is clearly unsuitable, you may lose your right to redundancy pay if you refuse to try out an alternative role to see if it suits you.
Again there are rules about this:
However, if you say the new job is not suitable but your employer disagrees, your employer may refuse to pay your redundancy payment, leaving you to challenge this in an employment tribunal.
You should take advice before you reject an alternative job offer (unless it is obviously unsuitable for you). You may be in a stronger position if you at least try it out and give clear reasons for rejecting it if you find it unsuitable.
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