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Maximum cash sum for unfairly sacked workers goes up by £4,500

The maximum cash award for workers dismissed unfairly in Northern Ireland has gone up by more than £4,500.

The Department for the Economy has announced increases to a number of payments related to employment rights, to ensure they keep pace with inflation.

From April 6, the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £79,100 to £83,847, while the maximum amount of a 'week's pay' for the purpose of calculating redundancy payments will rise from £500 to £530.

In the UK, statutory redundancy pay is calculated based on an employee's length of services with a company, with employees receiving a certain number of weeks' pay dependent on this.

The age of an employee is also a factor in making redundancy payments.

The maximum redundancy award is capped at 30 weeks, and the latest round of increases see it rise from £15,000 to £15,900.

There has also been an increase in the basic compensation award in circumstances where dismissal is unfair, going up from £6,000 to £6,442.

Compensation awards in Northern Ireland are reviewed annually, and track inflation as measured by the Retail Prices Index.

In Northern Ireland, the Industrial Tribunals and Fair Employment Tribunal hear and determine cases to do with employment-related matters.

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