redundancy - need to appoint a solicitor?

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  1. richard plumb

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    I was made redundant last week, and the letter from the company giving details of the package etc is saying I need to appoint a solicitor to sign off the paperwork, or risk having the payout delayed.

    Is that usual? I don't have a family solicitor (not sure how many people do). So now I have to pay to get someone to check this out?

    Also, are there any good online tools to help calculating the amount I should be due? They are paying above statutory luckily, and there are lots of small amounts broken down - time off in lieu of notice, pro rata payments for loss of health insurance during the notice period, even a couple of quid for loss of mobile phone contract. I have no idea whether their estimate is accurate but would like to check. Everything I've found so far online is focused around statutory calculations.
     
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    Yup, i had the same and usually your company will pick up the bill.
     
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    Totally the usual thing to do and they will pickup the cost - it should state that somewhere...did they not recommend a solicitor at all?

    Good luck in your new adventure...I've yet to meet anyone whose been made redundant and not thought it's the best thing that's happened to them a couple of years later.

     
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    Thanks. I kind of pushed a tiny bit to take redundancy. This will be the last time we were offered the 'old company package' which is good money, and I've been there 14 years. They have good support programs in place with access to a third party company so I can get my CV/linkedin in good shape.
     
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    LinkedIn is incredibly important (it's used by recruitment firms aggregators for a start). Just be aware though that when a recruiter wants to link with you its for their benefit...they will be straight onto speaking to anyone of else you know of interest.
     
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    Just had the same, went smoothly.
     
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    Can't be that important as I don't use it and I can't imagine many others do in the oil and gas industry.
     
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    I do use it. 1-1.
     
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    Never been asked for it or any other social media site. Always thought it was a posh Facebook lol
     
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    Not sure what you mean. You create a profile then you can keep up with where your old workmates are, and you are easy to find for work offers either from recruiters or past colleagues/managers. You can keep track of how everyone is processing at their firms and who might be good to hit up for a job.

    Not bad for free :)

    Facebook for professionals is not a bad description. There is still spam but it's more high-brow.
     
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    I am finding LikedIn useful to learn about companies I am interested in and the people I am speaking to there.
     
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    Well, the C suite of BP are on it.

     
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    It tends to be for more high technology companies.
     
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    And one or two others:

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    As you said, it's free advertising also.

    Top tip, delete and then add yourselves to groups every so often...resets your profile in the aggregators and gets you more calls.

     
  17. imightbewrong

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    I want less if I'm honest :) Only really interested in hearing from past colleagues/managers. I find cold-callers to be chancers quite often. Unless I put my profile in 'looking for a job' mode.
     
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    Yes, there is one dubious character (think Arthur Daley reject punting quantum computing) trying to get me to work for him even though he can't get funding.
     
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    Are the majority of BP on the beach?

    Asked about and everybody looks at me like Im stupid. Maybe us offshore guys are living in the past lol. We get contracts via word of mouth. Don't really need to hand my CV. Infact ive only ever had 2 interviews before in 40 years
     
  20. alan280170

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    Very true, Interview for Halliburton, 10 min on the phone from Kazakhstan, basically have you run guns, what currency you want paid in, (fudgeed that one up when I said GBP and the $ went to like 1.20 lol). Current job, sent CV via a mate, got a 10 min call from the guy that was to be my B2B and a offer.

    Guys on the beach may have to do proper interviews but operations guys normally it's word of mouth and the call is a courtesy and a chat to tie up the loose ends.
     
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    Similar to myself then - I don't really do face to face interviews, quick call to check your not a moron a off you go. Most contracts are word of mouth, LinkedIn helps though and therefore I highly recommend that anyone keeps it up to date with job situation.

    Edit:- it helps me two fold

    1) generates new calls
    2) gives the person who has received a recommendation some info before calling you.

    Even though you've got contracts galore, doesn't help to keep it updated for a fallback.

     
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  22. richard plumb

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    so, in the document we were sent showing how the payment is calculated, they have a couple of sections that I'd like to check with you, in case they are not matching up

    This part seems clear
    Then then go on to say
    I get capped because of that limitation, and I'm wondering if there is a difference between 'basic salary' and 'salary'. I get a car allowance which isn't included in the 2 weeks per year because that is basic. But would I have an argument for saying it should be included in 'salary'? If so that would raise my cap and get me a little bit more money.
     

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