We find that Directors are surprised when they ask if a director can claim redundancy. In fact, It is not uncommon that directors assume that they are not entitled to redundancy or other claims from the Redundancy Payments Office (RPO) at all. The truth is that directors can claim, but like all employees, they must show that they meet the eligibility criteria.
The RPO has recently updated its advice and now asks for further information in order to consider whether or not to pay a director's claim. Full details of the information that the RPO will request can be found here
The simple answer is no. One of the main disadvantages of the strike-off route is that employees, including directors, are unable to make a claim against the RPO. The RPO rules are clear in that they require formal insolvency to have taken place before the processing of claims.
Therefore, you may need to consider the costs of liquidation versus the benefits of entitlements owed to you and your staff via the RPO scheme.
Beware! We have seen various sites which claim they can help employees and directors submit their claims to the RPO. The process is designed to allow anybody to submit the claim on their own and so paying a fee or commission to a third party should never be necessary.
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