The Government have today announced that the large scale collective redundancy consultation period will be halved in April 2013 when the 90 day minimum consultation phase will be reduced to 45 days.

Employment relations minister Jo Swinson confirmed that a new 45 day consultation period would come into force for redundancies of 100 or more employees from April 2013.

As well as new legislation to reduce the minimum period to 45 days, Swinson announced that the conciliation service Acas will produce non-statutory guidance to address “key contentious issues”, aiming to promote good-quality redundancy consultation between employers and employees.