The draft Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2013 was published on 5 February 2013. The Order will implement some of the government’s plans to reduce the burden of collective redundancy consultation, announced last December.
The changes in the Order are:
- To reduce the minimum consultation period required, in cases of collective redundancy, involving 100 or more employees, from 90 days to 45 days.
- Fixed-term contracts, which have reached their natural end point, will also be excluded from any requirement to consult.
As announced in December, the government also intends to publish new Acas guidance on other aspects of collective redundancy consultation.
The changes and accompanying Acas guidance are intended to come into effect on 6 April 2013.
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