Relevant date for the purposes of redundancy

An employee does not have the right to a redundancy payment unless he or she has been employed for at least two years ending with the "relevant date". This is dependent on the way in which the contract was terminated. The relevant date is defined in the Employment Rights Act 1996, s.145 as:

Nature of termination of contract Relevant date
Contract terminated by notice given by either employer or employee The date on which the notice expires
Contract terminated without notice The date on which the termination takes effect (but see 1 below)
Limited-term contract terminates by virtue of the limiting event without being renewed under the same contract The date on which the termination takes effect
Employer gives notice to terminate contract and during notice period employee gives notice to terminate it at an earlier date The date on which the employee's notice to terminate the contract expires
Employee has undergone a trial period after accepting offer of suitable alternative employment The date that would have been applicable if there had been no trial period (but see 2 below)
1Dismissal in circumstances where employee not given full statutory minimum notice entitlement, including if he or she receives a payment in lieu of notice The date on which the statutory minimum notice period would have expired had it been given
2Except for the purposes of determining the date for which a claim for a redundancy payment should have been made.