The Government have announced plans to reduce the current 90 day minimum period, before large-scale redundancies can take place to 45 days. This controversial announcement has prompted Unions to accuse the Government of making it easier to sack staff.
At present, companies must consult with staff for a minimum of 30 days before making more than 20 staff redundant, or 90 days when 100 or more jobs are at risk.
The changes form part of the government’s commitment to review employment law to support business and concentrate on growth.
Draft regulations will be laid in the New Year and the changes are expected to be made with effect from 6 April 2013.