Fixed-term contracts and redundancy consultation: changes from April 2013

Draft legislation to implement the government’s previously announced intention to make changes to the consultation regime for collective redundancies has now been published. The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2013 is expected to come into force on 6 April 2013.

The Order reduces the current consultation period where there are 100 or more redundancies proposed from 90 to 45 days. It should be noted however that this is simply the minimum period - in practice, actual consultation could go on for much longer than this. The Order also reduces from 90 to 45 days the minimum period of notice which must be given to the Secretary of State (normally on form HR1) before the first dismissals take effect. The current 30 day consultation period which applies where there are between 20 and 99 redundancies proposed will remain unchanged…

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