Saturday 6 April 2013 brings in important changes to the collective redundancy regime:

  • where an employer proposes 100 or more redundancies in one establishment within 90 days, the minimum consultation period falls from 90 to 45 days;
  • collective redundancy consultation rules will also be amended to exclude the expiry of fixed-term

  contracts from the calculation of the number of redundancies taking place in the relevant period.

While the changes are supposed to apply to redundancy proposals which arise on or after 6 April, the relevant statutory instrument is still only in draft form and has not yet received the approval of Parliament. The current wording of the draft order has come under fire from some quarters. Some think that the wording as it stands could change the trigger point for consultation in a collective redundancy situation.

We will keep you updated on the changes and their impact as and when they happen.