Notice Period For Redundancy is About to be Reduced

In April 2013 the compulsory 90 days in advance of large scale redundancies are to be halved to 45 days.

After this happens employers will not wait that long before shedding excess employees. The government’s opinion is that this change will help businessmen get more rights when hiring or firing employees.

Last year the capitalist Adrian Beecroft made a proposal in his report so that the red tape in employment should be reduced and businesses should be encouraged to grow and give jobs to more people. He also recommended that the notice period for redundancies should be reduced up to 30 days with employers being able to give a five days notice in emergency circumstances.

Vince Cable and other members of the coalition government accused Lord Beecroft that he wanted to create “industrial-level insecurity for workers”.

The government refused to trim the period that much.

According to the Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson, the changes will be useful for the employers as well as for the employees because in his words the present redundancy period “can cause unnecessary delays for restructuring, and make it difficult for those affected to get new jobs quickly.”

She said that the reforms will give employees some peace of mind for their future and will give employers flexibility to be able to restructure.

The general secretary for the Trade Union Congress (TUC, was not convinced on the positive impact of these changes over employees. “These measures will not create a single extra job. The idea that an employer will change their mind about taking someone on because the statutory redundancy consultation period has been reduced from 90 to 45 days is close to absurd.

“The last thing we need is for the government to make it easier to sack people.”

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