With many employers potentially having to make redundancies as a result of the coronavirus crisis, consultant editor Darren Newman considers the likelihood of the "special circumstances" defence applying if they fail to comply with their collective consultation obligations.
Although the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme currently offers a short-term alternative to redundancies, when it comes to an end there is no doubt that many organisations will have no alternative but to make some of their workforce redundant. This raises the question for HR of how the redundancy consultation obligations run alongside this period of furlough. Consultant editor Darren Newman examines the issues.
A model HR letter to inform an employee who was told that their job was at risk of redundancy because of the coronavirus crisis that their role is safe for now, following the Government's announcement that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until 30 April 2021.
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