On 5 February 2013, a draft Order outlining upcoming changes to collective redundancy rules was published.
The Order will implement government plans to reduce the burden of collective redundancy consultation for employers by:
- Reducing by half the current 90-day minimum period before the first redundancy can take effect, if there are 100 or more redundancies, to 45 days. There is no change to the 30-day minimum period for 20-99 redundancies.
- Excluding the expiry of fixed-term contracts from the scope of collective redundancy consultation. However, dismissals before the end of a fixed-term will still be covered.
The changes are intended to come into effect on 6 April 2013. Updated ACAS guidance on collective redundancy consultation is also due to be published at that time.
View the order here.