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Collective Redundancy Consultation – Acas Guidance

The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2013 has made changes to the rules relating to collective redundancy consultation.

From 6 April 2013, where an employer is proposing to dismiss as redundant 100 or more employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days or less, the 90-day minimum consultation period necessary before the first dismissal takes effect is reduced to 45 days. Where at least 20 but fewer than 100 employees are proposed to be made redundant, the consultation period remains at 30 days.

In light of the changes, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has published new guidance, ‘How to manage collective redundancies’, which can be found here.