Redundancy and re-employment

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Redundancy and re-employment

Is there any problem for an employer in rehiring an employee previously made redundant? A recent question to WorkplaceInfo raised this question.

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Is there any problem for an employer in rehiring an employee previously made redundant? A recent question to WorkplaceInfo raised this question.

Q. We made one of our employee's position redundant approximately two months ago, paying out the appropriate severance payments to the employee. A position has now become available within the company (employee resignation) that is within the capabilities of the ex-employee. The ex-employee is interested in our offer of this new position. Are there any unforeseen consequences in re-hiring this person?

A. A redundancy occurs at a particular point in time and there is no prescribed period in which an ex-employee cannot be re-hired by the same employer.

In this case, there would not appear to be any issue related to the redundancy termination as the new position offered is different from the employee's previous job with the company.

The only ongoing issue may relate to long service leave where, in some jurisdictions, an employee terminated and re-engaged by the employer within (say) three months, would have their previous service recognised for the purposes of long service leave accrual.

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