Collective redundancy

Where an employer is proposing to make redundant 20 or more employees at one establishment within 90 days, it is obliged to consult with appropriate representatives of the affected employees. This is known as “collective consultation”.

The duty to consult collectively on redundancies is in addition to the employer's obligations to consult individually with each of the potentially redundant employees.


Landmark Woolworths judgment means collective redundancies need not be ‘at one establishment’

2 Jul 2013

The words “at one establishment” should be deleted from the law that requires organisations to consult with employees when 20...

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Collective redundancy and TUPE – don’t forget agency workers

6 May 2013

A case involving the transfer of a council’s agency staff has served as an important reminder to employers of their...

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Acas launches collective redundancy guidance

8 Apr 2013

Acas has published guidance on how employers should handle collective redundancies, in the light of legislative changes made on 6...

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6 April collective redundancy reforms: why three little words mean huge confusion – Update

5 Apr 2013

Important changes to the law on collective redundancy consultation come into force on 6 April 2013 – or do they?...

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Government reduces minimum period for collective redundancy consultations

18 Dec 2012

Large-scale collective redundancies will no longer require a 90-day minimum consultation phase, after the Government announced its decision to reduce...

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How to cut the costs of redundancies

5 Nov 2012

Many companies face making redundancies. Nick Robertson and Michelle Last look at ways to save costs when cutting staff.

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Collective redundancy reforms announced by Government

21 Jun 2012

Norman Lamb, the employment relations minister, has today announced the Government’s proposals to reform the rules for consulting staff about...

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European opinion leads to confusion over collective redundancy consultation rules

23 Mar 2012

The question of when employers are obliged to start consulting on collective redundancies remains unanswered after the Advocate General’s opinion...

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When to consult on collective redundancies

27 Feb 2012

Timing the consultation process when collective redundancies are in the offing is tricky to say the least. John Charlton examines...

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Collective redundancies: 10 do’s and don’ts

25 Mar 2010

One of the most expensive liabilities an employer can face arises from a failure to comply with collective consultation obligations.The...

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ECJ – when duty to consult about redundancies should begin

21 Sep 2009

Akavan Erityisalojen Keskusliitto AEK ry and others v Fujitsu Siemens Computer Oy

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Collective redundancy: ECJ ruling muddies the waters

17 Sep 2009

A European Court of Justice ruling about a Finnish collective redundancy case could affect UK employers' decisions on when to start collective consultation about redundancies.

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Voluntary redundancies – how to manage the process

29 May 2009

When launching a voluntary redundancy process, HR should take care to make all the right moves, advises David Brown.

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Staff morale in decline as redundancies soar

4 Mar 2009

More than half of employers have noticed the damaging impact redundancies are having on staff morale, according to a recent...

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Collective redundancy consultation: Talk to the people

19 May 2008

Matthew Whelan spells out the requirement to collectively consult when making staff redundant under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

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