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I took a job with a financial firm, leaving a company I’d been with for nearly five years. On my first day I was told there was to be a merger with likely job losses. It’s now been confirmed that I will be made redundant, and I’ve been told I won’t get any redundancy pay. I feel I was deceived at the interview. Can I take them to a tribunal?

I’m afraid there’s nothing you can do. It’s unlikely that your employers were aware of the forthcoming merger at the time of your interview, and even if they were they were under no duty to warn you that your position may turn out to be temporary. You don’t qualify for a redundancy payment generally speaking until you’ve worked for a firm for two years. You’re going to have to start job-hunting all over again.

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