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Government consults on collective redundancy rules

The Government has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the rules on consulting staff about large scale redundancies.

Currently large employers have to consult with their staff for 90 days if there is a threat of large scale redundancy. Ministers want to reduce this period and to produce a new Code of Practice to improve the quality of communication between managers and staff, to reduce uncertainty and to make sure that employers can better respond to changes in market conditions.

Last year the Government carried out a Call for Evidence which concluded that there was a need for change. The formal consultation seeks views on a number of proposals including:

  • Introducing a new, non-statutory, Code of Practice to give clearer information on how to conduct good quality consultations.
  • Reducing the 90-day minimum period for large redundancies (over 100 staff) to 45 or 30 days.
  • Improving the guidance for employers and employees on the support on offer from the Government.

The consultation will run for 13 weeks closing on 19th September.

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