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What are your apecific concerns about this situation, what exactly do you think is not legal?
Thank you. How many people will potentially be made redundant? Or shall I say how many people will the employer be seeking to make redundant?
And do you know when the first redundancies are due to take place?
OK, thanks. The requirement to consult in redundancy situations depends on how many employees will eventually be made redundant. If the employer proposes to make between 20 and 99 employees redundant there is a requirement to initiate a minimum of a 30 day consultation period before the date of initial dismissal. So it is not a requirement to consult immediately after being told of the plans for redundancy - the consultation must be at least 30 days but that is counted backward from the date of the initial dismissal. So if they propose to do this in September then collective consultation must start at the latest sometime in August. Therefore, the employer is not too late to do so just yet.
During the collective consultations they should also conduct individual consultations but there is no time limit specified for these and they should basically take place leading up to the redundancy at some point.
So there is still time for the employer to consult with the affected employees and consider options, such as alternative employment.
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