Mothercare Staff Can Claim Up To 90 Days Pay

Author:
Stephen Pinder
Partner, Employment Law Solicitor
Date:
07/11/2019

If you work for Mothercare and you’ve just found out that you’ve lost your job because Mothercare has gone into administration, you are bound to be upset and concerned about what the future holds for you.

You can make a claim for a Protective Award of up to 90 days’ pay, as long as there are more than 20 people working in the same location. This is because you have not been given the correct notice or consultation of your redundancy.

If you work for Mothercare, you can find out if you are eligible to make a Protective Award Claim by using our Mothercare Protective Award Eligibility Checker. Our Employment Law Solicitors offer free initial legal advice, and may be able to deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis - ask us for details.

Click here to check your eligibility for a Protective Award Claim

Mothercare in Administration

Mothercare went into administration yesterday after the company had not been profitable for a number of years and could not find anyone to buy the business. The closure of 79 stores in the UK and the loss of 2,500 jobs is devastating to all those working for Mothercare.

The administrators, PwC, have said that a phased closure of all UK Mothercare stores will take place. We understand that some immediate job losses have been declared and anyone made redundant should take advice on the basis of making a Protective Award Claim. If your dismissal takes place many weeks into the future you will need specific advice on your personal circumstances.

What is a Protective Award Claim?

If you were working for Mothercare, you’ve lost your job because the business gone into administration, you can make a Protective Award Claim as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • You were employed at a retail outlet or other Mothercare site where at least 20 people worked
  • You were not given the correct notice period or consultation about your redundancy

If these criteria are met, and Mothercare don’t follow the rules around Collective Redundancies, you will be entitled to claim up to 90 days’ pay from the Insolvency Service.

Once you know you are eligible to make a Protective Award Claim, you will need to get a judgment from an Employment Tribunal to make one.

You can apply alone, or if there are a group of you from a particular Mothercare store, you can all apply together. Once you have the judgment with your name or your job title on it, you can make a Protective Award claim.

When you make your Protective Award Claim, you will be entitled to a maximum award of £525 per week for a total of eight weeks. This equals £4,200.

Because of the complex nature of the closure, the best way to make sure you can claim what you’re entitled to is to speak to a specialist Employment Law Solicitor.

Important Information for Protective Award Claims

The time limit to make a claim for a Protective Award is short. You only actually have three months from when you were made redundant to make your claim. Because it’s still early days in the process and the administrators have not given much information about the phased closure, it’s even more important to make sure you have all the information you need to make a Protective Award Claim as soon as possible.

You can make a Protective Award Claim whether you are a full or a part time worker and the amount will be adjusted based on your weekly wage. There is no length of service requirement to bring a Protective Award claim.

Why Use Simpson Millar?

Our specialist Employment Law Solicitors have helped many people just like you. With the recent closures of Thomas Cook, Tomlinsons Dairies and Triumph Furniture we’ve been helping former employees in those business to make Protective Award Claims.

We’ve also secured Protective Awards for staff at BHS and you can read a case study here about 210 staff we helped at a packaging company.

To protect your rights to make a Protective Award, contact one of our expert Employment Law Solicitors now.

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