EAT Rules – Collective Redundancies No Longer Need To Be At One Establishment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently published its judgement following the appeal made by the Unions on behalf of 27000 employees made redundant when a major retailer folded in 2008. The claim before the original Tribunal was that the company had failed to consult collectively on the redundancies and that employees were treated differently dependent on whether the store in which they worked employed more than 20 people. Where this was the case the employees were awarded 6o days pay while those in stores with less than 20 employees missed out on this protective award.