Consultation outcome

Collective redundancy consultation rules: call for evidence

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Call for evidence seeking to establish the advantages and disadvantages of the current rules on collective redundancy consultation.


Consultation description

Through the Employment Law Review and the Red Tape Challenge, the government is seeking to ensure that employers and workers can negotiate their relationship with minimal government intervention.

In the Employment Law Review, employers said that current rules on collective redundancy consultation slow their ability to restructure effectively and can put future business success at risk.

Since 1975 the UK has had a minimum time period before redundancies can take place after a consultation begins. We are conducting this review due to:

  • the increase in the pace of decision-making in all areas of life
  • the need for the labour market to generate economic growth in a global economic downturn

The call for evidence considers:

  • the consultation process, including the ability to reach agreement and the issue of establishment
  • minimum periods for consultation and notification
  • high impact redundancies
  • Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) and insolvency legislation