The Government has published its proposals for changes to the rules on collective redundancy consultation. There are three main areas for consideration:

  • the minimum 90 day consultation period for redundancies of 100 or more employees should be reduced to either a 30 day minimum period for all collective redundancies, or a 45 day minimum period for redundancies of 100 or more employees;
  • a new, non-statutory Code of Practice will address a number of key issues including the requirements of good consultation and help for employers dealing with the most contentious issues;
  • improved government guidance will be issued for employers and employees.

The consultation period for these proposals closes on 19 September 2012.