22/09/2006

New redundancy rules for NI

The Department for Employment and Learning has today announced changes to the way collective redundancy notifications must be made.

From October 8 2006, businesses proposing to make collective redundancies (where 20 or more employees are to be made redundant) must notify the relevant public authority before redundancy notices are issued to staff.

At present, notification can be made after the issue of redundancy notices.

The new regulations address a European Court of Justice decision in the case of Junk-v-Kuhnel, which clarified that notification of redundancies to public authorities must take place before redundancy notices are issued.

A spokesperson for the Department said: “This amendment will ensure that notification of collective redundancies to the government will occur earlier, enabling the relevant authorities to take appropriate action to mitigate the effects on those concerned.”

(EF/KMcA)

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