Changes to collective redundancy rules published

Louise Elster
11th Feb 2013

On 5 February 2013, a draft Order outlining upcoming changes to collective redundancy rules was published.

General employment law changes


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.

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