The government has today published its response to the consultation on changes to collective redundancy law.  It has announced plans to:

  • reduce the current 90 day minimum period between starting consultation and the first dismissal taking effect, for 100 or more proposed redundancies, to 45 days
  • legislate to make clear that the expiry of fixed term contracts is excluded from the obligations for collective redundancy consultation (but early termination of such contracts for redundancy would still be covered)
  • introduce new non-statutory Acas guidance to address a number of key issues affecting collective redundancies consultation (such as the meaning of “establishment”).

Draft regulations will be laid in the New Year and the changes are expected to be made by 6 April 2013.