“A length of service criterion within the selection matrix for redundancy selection, contained in collective agreements between a company and a workers’ union, was not in breach of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, in that the inclusion of the criterion was a ‘proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim’ within reg 3(1)(b).”
WLR Daily, 19th May 2009
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Court of Appeal
“A person who was a majority shareholder and director of a company could also be an employee of that company under a contract of employment, even if he had total control of the company.”
The Times, 10th April 2009
“Struggling companies seeking to cut staff are avoiding the cost of redundancy payments by sacking workers for spurious reasons or falsely claiming they face only a temporary layoff, figures from advice groups and tribunals show.”
The Guardian, 16th February 2009
Court of Appeal
“Protective awards made by an employment tribunal following the failure of a company to comply with its statutory obligation to consult concerning collective redundancies before going into liquidation were contingent debts of the company and therefore provable debts in the liquidation.”
The Times, 22nd July 2008
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“Where a company had failed to comply with its statutory obligation to consult its workforce before going into liquidation and subsequently protective awards were made by an employment tribunal, the obligation had arisen before the liquidation and the protective awards were therefore contingent debts of the company within rr 12.3 and 13.12 of the Insolvency Rules 1986 and provable in the liquidation. Moreover, the failure to consult concerning collective redundancies also infringed European law which the United Kingdom was under a duty to implement and to ensure that the penalty for infringement would be effective, proportionate and dissuasive.”
WLR Daily, 12th June 2008
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Employment Appeal tribunal
“Where an employer was proposing to dismiss employees for redundancy, the obligation to consult arose at the point when closure of the enterprise was fixed as a clear, albeit provisional, intention and included consultation over the reason for the closure.”
The Times, 23rd November 2007
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