Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the General Retail Industry Award [MA000004].
An employer (other than a small business employer) has to pay out the following minimum redundancy pay:
|Period of continuous service
|At least 1 year but less than 2 years
|At least 2 years but less than 3 years
|At least 3 years but less than 4 years
|At least 4 years but less than 5 years
|At least 5 years but less than 6 years
|At least 6 years but less than 7 years
|At least 7 years but less than 8 years
|At least 8 years but less than 9 years
|At least 9 years but less than 10 years
|At least 10 years
Employees with less than 12 months service don’t get redundancy pay (but they do get notice).
Small business employers don’t have to pay redundancy pay under the Retail Award. Find out what a small business is on Who doesn’t get redundancy pay?
Redundancy pay is paid at the employee's base pay rate for their ordinary hours of work, but doesn't include:
- incentive-based payments and bonuses
- monetary allowances
- overtime or penalty rates
- any other separately identifiable amounts.
Any outstanding entitlements also need to be paid out - including annual leave and long service leave that the employee hasn't taken.
An employer has to give the following minimum notice periods when making an employee's job redundant. If the notice period isn't worked, this is paid out as well as the redundancy pay.
|Period of continuous service
|1 year or less
|More than 1 year - 3 years
|More than 3 years - 5 years
|More than 5 years
Employees over 45 years old who have worked for the employer for at least 2 years get an extra 1 week notice.
Other redundancy entitlements
Transfer to lower paid duties
If an employee is transferred to a lower paid job because of redundancy, they're entitled to either:
- receive notice of the transfer and continue to work in their redundant job for the notice period, or
- start working in their new job but continue to be paid at the redundant job’s pay rate during the notice period.
Employees who are transferred to lower paid duties are still entitled to redundancy pay unless their employer applies to the Fair Work Commission to reduce the redundancy pay.
Employee leaving during the notice period
An employee who has received notice of redundancy can leave their job during their notice period.
The employee still has to get the redundancy pay and other entitlements they would have received if they had remained in their job until the end of the notice period.
They aren't entitled to payment for the remaining notice period they didn't work.
Looking for a new job during the notice period
An employee who has received notice of redundancy is allowed at least 1 paid day off per week of notice, to look for another job.
If the employee has been allowed paid leave for more than 1 day they must provide proof of attendance at an interview (eg. a statutory declaration), if the employer requests it.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Retail Award summary.
Source reference: General Retail Industry Award [MA000004] clause 38