Former Dewey staffers’ long and winding road to notice period payments
One feature of the Insolvency Service is that it offers pay to staff made redundant for a notice period they were not given – thought to be four weeks in many cases. In other words, they would usually get paid for the notice period, so the authority reimburses them.
There are catches: a source at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, the industrial relations group, confirmed that the cap is £430 per week, less than many would normally have earned. And other benefits they are eligible for, such as jobseeker’s allowance, are deducted from the £430 – even if they failed to claim it – as is any income from another job the employee clinched within the notice period.
Dewey & LeBoeuf staff have had plenty of emotional to-ing and fro-ing, with the UK LLP going into administration in May, so a mismatch of opinions is hardly surprising.
A thread of the Dewey & LeBoeuf London Facebook group, launched to help ex-staff find jobs, shows that some think they are eligible for the payout. One group member said she had received a letter saying she was not eligible because she received other income, but appears to think she should be, while others say they were never sent the correct form, the RP2 W, for claiming notice period pay from the National Insurance Fund.
Another said she had not received the right form three weeks after the person managing the matter said it would be posted out.
Dewey staff have been left in the dark about a lot, but a bit of clarity for once would surely help.