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Redundancy appeal letter

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In case an employee wishes to appeal their redundancy decision, this template helps them draft a formal appeal, clearly stating the grounds for their appeal and supporting evidence.

A Redundancy appeal letter is used to challenge an employer's decision to make an employee redundant. It is usually written by the affected employee or their representative and submitted to the employer's HR department or another designated person.

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What is a Redundancy appeal letter?

The appeal letter typically outlines the employee's reasons for disputing the redundancy decision and provides additional information or evidence to support their case. The letter may also request a meeting or hearing to discuss the matter further.

The appeal letter should clearly outline the grounds for the appeal and any relevant information that may support the employee's case. It is important to include any documentation that may support the appeal, such as records of performance reviews, sales figures, or other relevant data.

The letter should be submitted within the specified time frame and in accordance with the company's policies and procedures. It is important to follow any guidelines or instructions provided by the employer in relation to the appeal process.

The outcome of a redundancy appeal may result in the employer reversing the decision to make the employee redundant, or it may confirm the original decision. If the employee remains dissatisfied with the outcome of the appeal, they may have the option to pursue further legal action or seek advice from a relevant agency or union.

Best practice timescale for this to be issued
When should this letter be issued?
Usually within 5 working days of redundancy being confirmed
Issued by who, to whom
Who should issue this letter, and to whom?
The Employee to the Employer (you)
Applicable legal jurisdiction
In which jurisdiction can this letter be used?
Great Britain & NI (United Kingdom)

What legislation and best practice guidelines have been taken into account in the development of this template?

It is generally considered good practice for employers to allow an appeals process in redundancy cases. While there is no legal requirement for a specific right of appeal, providing an appeals mechanism demonstrates a commitment to fairness, transparency, and open communication within the organization.

In the UK, employees do not have a specific legal right of appeal against a redundancy decision itself. The right to appeal in redundancy cases primarily pertains to the fairness of the redundancy process rather than the decision itself.

However, it's important to note that there may be opportunities to challenge a redundancy decision on grounds such as unfair dismissal or discrimination. Employees can potentially raise a claim with an employment tribunal if they believe that the redundancy was unfair, for example, if the selection criteria were discriminatory, proper consultation was not conducted, or suitable alternative employment was not adequately considered.

Redundancy appeal [Delete this line]

[Company name]

[Sender address]



[Recipient name]

[Recipient address]


Dear [Recipient first name],

I am writing to formally appeal the decision to terminate my employment due to redundancy on [date you received your redundancy notice].

My reasons for submitting an appeal are as follows:

[Set out basis for your appeal. For example, you:

  • disagree with the final decision to make you redundant and why.
  • feel you were unfairly selected and why.
  • feel you were not offered a suitable alternative job when one was available.
  • have new evidence that you feel should be considered].

I'd appreciate it if you could tell me when and where we can meet to discuss my appeal. [Optional] [Name] would like to accompany me to the meeting.

Yours [faithfully | sincerely],



[Sender name]

[Sender job title]

[Sender telephone]
[Sender email]

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