Ex Connaught employees win protective award claims
14 June 2011
192 employees who were dismissed during a telephone conference in September last year following the collapse of Connaught (a social housing contractor) have succeeded in their employment tribunal claims.
The almost 200 employees were awarded a "protective award" at the tribunal hearing on 25 May after they were dismissed without warning, notice or any consultation.
Employers who propose to dismiss as redundant 20 or more employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days or less must consult collectively with the appropriate representatives of affected employees. In the Connaught case this was not done. The rules on collective consultation are complex, and outside the scope of this blog. It is important that employers comply with their obligations as protective awards can be for up to 90 days wages at actual gross pay rates for every employee who was not consulted. Buddy members can access detailed guidance notes and checklists in the Redundancy section of the Employment Buddy website by clicking HERE.
Construction union UCATT has called the Tribunal`s decision a significant victory for employees "dismissed in the most harrowing of circumstances".
More claims arising from Connaught`s collapse will be heard in Tribunals around the country later this year.
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