On 1 June 2012, the remaining provisions of Amendments 5, 6 & 7 to the Employment (Jersey) Law 2003 (the "Law") came into force. (Some provisions were effective from February 2012.)
Also, from 1 June 2012, and by virtue of Amendment No.7 to the Law, employees on successive fixed-term contracts of one year or less, each with the same employer, may qualify for redundancy rights if the time between the expiry of the prior fixed term contract and the commencement of the subsequent contract is nine weeks or less.
From 1 June 2012, and by virtue of Amendment No. 6 to the Law, certain groups of employees now have the right to be consulted collectively in redundancy situations. Employers must consult with nominated representatives acting on behalf of employees when proposing to dismiss 12 or more employees at the same establishment within a 30 day period (whether those employees are unionised or not). In such situations, employers are also required to notify the Minister for Social Security of the proposed redundancies. A "protective award" has been introduced: an employer may be liable to pay up to 9 weeks pay to each affected employee by way of compensation in the event that it fails to consult employees as required.