Debenhams made my daughter redundant with 3 days notice.

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Posted 28th May
My daughter has worked for Debenhams for over 10 years, today she was made redundant from a group telephone call from somebody who isn’t even her manager. She has been told her contract will be terminated as off 31st May and to seek benefits and redundancy from the government? Surely they have to offer her something and can’t just give 3 days notice? Anyone know anything about this.

Her store is reopening but she works in the restaurant and they are closing all of the restaurants.
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And neither of you saw this coming ? All stores closed, in administration with huge rents to pay and zero income. Hopefully she’ll get through this and things will pick up quickly and she will find a new job but I can’t believe this has come as a shock....
Vencurse28/05/2020 22:01

Get the contract out and give either of the below a call. ACAS is probably …Get the contract out and give either of the below a call. ACAS is probably best. https://www.citizensadvice.org.ukhttps://www.acas.org.uk



It makes me laugh how people always post this as if the company is always to blame and ACAS are the saviour ready to ride in and save the day. They specialise in dispute resolution. There is no dispute here to resolve, Debenhams is in administration, the Administrators are in charge and they are well within their rights to lay off whomever they like in order to try and save the business and refer staff to the government redundancy compensation scheme in order to get what they are owed. This is the correct procedure.
Debenhams has gone bust and has done so over a month back. I know the phone call came as a blow however she should of known Debenhams were in trouble and which stores were affected.
All she can do is sign on and look for other work
Sorry to hear that. Problem is that debenhams is in administration - ie it has gone bust.

Have a look at this:

worksmart.org.uk/wor…ges
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Sorry to hear that. Problem is that debenhams is in administration - ie it has gone bust.

Have a look at this:

worksmart.org.uk/wor…ges
Debenhams is in administration as far as I was aware. Therefore the ‘normal’ management structure doesn’t apply as the Administrators are in charge in order to save the business. Notice period doesn’t really apply if the company has the potential to not exist, hence why she has been made redundant rather than sacked.

She will get what she is entitled to, it will take longer and it will be from the government and not Debenhams, as they have no money to give here.
Debenhams has gone bust and has done so over a month back. I know the phone call came as a blow however she should of known Debenhams were in trouble and which stores were affected.
All she can do is sign on and look for other work
Vencurse28/05/2020 22:01

Get the contract out and give either of the below a call. ACAS is probably …Get the contract out and give either of the below a call. ACAS is probably best. https://www.citizensadvice.org.ukhttps://www.acas.org.uk



It makes me laugh how people always post this as if the company is always to blame and ACAS are the saviour ready to ride in and save the day. They specialise in dispute resolution. There is no dispute here to resolve, Debenhams is in administration, the Administrators are in charge and they are well within their rights to lay off whomever they like in order to try and save the business and refer staff to the government redundancy compensation scheme in order to get what they are owed. This is the correct procedure.
ndyanem28/05/2020 22:05

Debenhams has gone bust and has done so over a month back. I know the …Debenhams has gone bust and has done so over a month back. I know the phone call came as a blow however she should of known Debenhams were in trouble and which stores were affected. All she can do is sign on and look for other work


The worst thing is, she was told her store would be reopening and even her manager said to her they can’t wait to see all of the team again. Absolutely heartbroken for her, we knew this was a possibility, but the fact her store is still open and she wasn’t offered a different position or given more notice is disgusting.
And neither of you saw this coming ? All stores closed, in administration with huge rents to pay and zero income. Hopefully she’ll get through this and things will pick up quickly and she will find a new job but I can’t believe this has come as a shock....
They won't be the only retailer going under either. More will follow. It is going to be very tough for the shops and we will see costs of goods going up from less competitions and more expense for the retailers to put up with.
Yep, Debenhams have been in Administration for few months now. If I was your daughter I would have started looking for new jobs the moment this was communicated internally.
Best of luck.
If 20 or more people have been made redundant from her store she may also be entitled to claim a protective award for loss of consultation period. No one tells you about this and you have to go to an employment tribunal but it’s worth looking into.

Tell her to check her home insurance, If she has family legal cover then they may be able to deal with this for her.
I know it's not the best news but may be a blessing in disguise. Get the redundancy from the government and have a career change from retail because I think going forwards its pretty much a dead duck unfortunately I think by the end of the year we will see an extraordinary amount of high street casualties I hope she manages to get sorted .
Edited by: "chunk1985" 28th May
rik11128/05/2020 23:01

And neither of you saw this coming ? All stores closed, in administration …And neither of you saw this coming ? All stores closed, in administration with huge rents to pay and zero income. Hopefully she’ll get through this and things will pick up quickly and she will find a new job but I can’t believe this has come as a shock....


Rents, sales, rates were covered by goverment grant.

Edit: not for large retailers rates over 51k it seems. Which is ridiculous.
Edited by: "MR1123" 29th May
I’m sorry to hear this, I worked in Debenhams 13yrs ago and when I started all the long term staff would always say Debenhams was about to go bust, and how there were so many cut backs and less staff per shift etc. They were stressing themselves out about losing their jobs back then!
Surprised they lasted this long, but love Debenhams and hope they can recover
Government grants weren’t for rateable values over £51k I believe.
And they weren’t enough to cover rent, let alone anything else
It’s a horrible time fore a lot of people. Unfortunately your daughter is one of the unlucky ones...

follow the advice and put claim in ASAP for dole and redundancy claim. Sign on with agency for any unskilled work eg food, care, factory. Even now i know people are getting shifts in that sector..

no point crying about what’s done even if it’s not nice, she needs to pick herself up and get on with it. Administration will do things by the book so I doubt she will have recourse legally...
She worked in the restaurant. All restaurants are closed right now anyway and the ones opening are only doing delivery which Debenhams doesn't do. While I feel bad for the job loss, this is hardly a surprise as others have pointed out.
What is the best sector to get into for job security?
Edited by: "ran123ran" 29th May
ran123ran29/05/2020 08:06

What is the best sector to get into for job security?


Social services, anything related to nhs, public services. Basically anything the government can run or people have to have. I work in pharmacy and I know I’m pretty much safe. If the shop goes you’ll always find a pharmacy job somewhere
Sorry to hear that. Happened to me last year with no notice at all, it is not nice.
She should be entitled to Statutory Redundancy, Pay In Lieu of Notice, Back pay if she is not paid up to the 31st. May, Holiday Pay for leave not taken. If Debenhams is bust check out the .GOV Insolvency Service website Factsheet- What to do when you have been made Redundant. for more info. gov.uk/gov…eet
Edited by: "airbus330" 29th May
ndyanem29/05/2020 08:08

Social services, anything related to nhs, public services. Basically …Social services, anything related to nhs, public services. Basically anything the government can run or people have to have. I work in pharmacy and I know I’m pretty much safe. If the shop goes you’ll always find a pharmacy job somewhere


This. The >65 yrs population in UK is growing at twice the rate of the general population which is creating lot of work opportunities but also challenges. Sooner rather than later, there won't be enough people in the working population to cover the medical costs and pensions of the older generation.
Unfortunately Debenhams don't have anything to give.

They are barely staying out of administration - so best to move on and find another job.
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