Redundancy consultation: the impact of the new rules
By Mary Clarke
The government recently made a surprising announcement that it intends to push back many of its employment reforms from April 2013 to ‘the summer’ (with no further specifics given). Importantly, however, one important reform has survived the government’s timetable juggling and will still come into effect in April 2013. This is the proposal to reduce the number of days that must elapse between consultation beginning and dismissals taking effect, in the case of large-scale redundancies.
From 6 April 2013, employers who are proposing to dismiss 100 or more employees will only have to begin consultation 45 days before any dismissals take effect, rather than 90. The 30-day period will continue to apply where between 20 and 99 redundancies are proposed.
At first glance, this seems like good news for employers. It allows employers to start consultation later and potentially gives greater flexibility by allowing employers to react more quickly to changing economic conditions. However, employers must always bear in mind that consultation must be meaningful. Notwithstanding the new minimum period, if there are issues regarding pools and selection criteria, a 45-day consultation period may not be sufficient to ensure appropriate consultation takes place…
If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the DLA Piper briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.
Sign in or Register to continue reading this article
It's quick, easy and free!
It takes just 5 minutes to register. Answer a few simple questions and once completed you’ll have instant access.Register now
Why register to The Lawyer
In-depth, expert analysis into the stories behind the headlines from our leading team of journalists.
Identify the major players and business opportunities within a particular region through our series of free, special reports.
Receive your pick of The Lawyer's daily and weekly email newsletters, tailored by practice area, region and job function.
More relevant to you
To continue providing the best analysis, insight and news across the legal market we are collecting some information about who you are, what you do and where you work to improve The Lawyer and make it more relevant to you.
News from DLA Piper
News from The Lawyer
Briefings from DLA Piper
The Australian Taxation Office released a draft ruling on the Goods and Services Tax treatment of bitcoin transactions on 20 August 2014.
DLA Piper’s ‘Life sciences: patent extension strategies and antitrust global update’ video covers global antitrust and competition issues including product hopping and reverse payment patents.
Analysis from The Lawyer
Regulators are ramping up the pressure in the aftermath of recession, leaving firms to compete for compliance and restructuring work
Shearman & Sterling is making its presence felt in the City, squaring up to magic circle firms and looking to muscle in on key relationships. Private equity house Bridgepoint is one outfit that has had its head turned by the US firm.