Minimum consultation period for redundancies changes

06 April 2013
Minimum consultation period for redundancies changes

From 6 April 2013, the minimum consultation period for redundancies involving 100 people or more reduces from 90 to 45 days.

On the new rules introduced by the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, there must be at least 45 days from the first day of consultation to the date of the first dismissal.

This includes instances where employees are being dismissed for the purpose of reengagement on different terms and conditions.

As part of the changes, fixed term contracts which are due to expire do not need to be counted for the purpose or calculating the minimum consultation period, unless they are being made redundant before the end of their fixed term contract.

Acas has produced guidance on collective consultation periods available from the Acas website.

Further information is available from the redundancy and dismissal section of HRBird.

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