Redundancy Pay

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 28, 2020 and last updated on July 19, 2023

The topic of redundancy pay holds significance for English learners as it provides insight into employee rights and financial protection during job loss. Exploring this topic allows learners to expand their vocabulary related to employment and compensation, practice discussing and negotiating contracts and develop their understanding of labor laws.

Understanding redundancy pay prepares learners for potential career challenges, equipping them with the knowledge and language skills needed to navigate the job market effectively. It enhances their overall proficiency in English while empowering them to protect their rights in the workplace.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Redundancy Pay Review

Employing people is an important step for many small businesses. It is often a huge decision as it adds additional costs and responsibilities to the business. In addition to the responsibility of paying the employee every month, having employees can also be particularly challenging when the company is struggling and needs to reduce its overheads. In that situation, it may no longer be able to afford an employee and as a result, will make that employee redundant.

The problem these businesses face is that in most countries when you make an employee redundant you are usually forced to pay them compensation, resulting in more expense for the business in bad times. Although this compensation certainly will help the employee, it can mean that the business itself will no longer survive.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • employee (noun)
  • redundant (adjective)
  • force (verb)
  • compensation (noun)
  • expense (noun)
  • challenging (adjective)
  • struggling (adjective)
  • result in (phrasal verb)
  • survive (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever heard of redundancy pay? What do you know about it?
  • What are some reasons why employees might receive redundancy pay?
  • Have you ever been made redundant? If yes, did you receive compensation?
  • Do you think redundancy pay is fair and necessary?
  • Should businesses have to pay compensation when making employees redundant?
  • Are there any circumstances where employees may not be eligible for redundancy pay?
  • Should redundancy pay be mandatory for all companies?
  • Why do you think the law forces business to pay compensation to employees that are made redundant?
  • Is redundancy pay a sufficient form of compensation for job loss?
  • What are the benefits of not forcing business to pay employees compensation?
  • What do you think can be done to help small businesses who need to cut back on staff costs?
  • Should employees have the option to negotiate their redundancy pay during contract discussions?
  • Is it the responsibility of the government or employers to provide redundancy pay?
  • Overall, do you think businesses should have to pay compensation when making employees redundant?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.