What is this extra money? Know Your Rights Justin Madders.
Q: The factory where I work is laying off 70 of us due to the loss
of a big contract. We got only a few days' warning of this,
although I have been given my full redundancy and notice entitlement and
I accept that as I was fairly selected for redundancy. However, I
understand from one of my former colleagues that his trade union says he
can also claim another 90 days' pay. What is this? Justin says: It
sounds like he is talking about what is known as a "protective
award" for a failure to consult. This applies where an employer is
proposing to make redundant more than 20 people in one place within 90
days. In these circumstances, an employer is supposed to open
consultation with trade unions and/or employer representatives at least
30 days before the redundancies occur. If they don't, then they can
be taken to an Employment Tribunal who can award up to 90 days' pay
for each employee affected.
Justin Madders works for Thompson's Solicitors