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Collective Redundancies in the UK: New DTI Guidance Regarding Consultation Requirements

January 06, 2006

By Erika Collins and Christopher Walter

The UK Department of Trade and Industry published recently new guidance on employee information and consultation obligations in the event of collective redundancies. While the guidance relates to the implementation of UK legislation, it should be noted, first, that the laws relating to collective redundancy employee consultation obligations stem from a European Directive and, secondly, that many of the recommendations contained in the DTI guidance arise from the recent European Court of Justice decision in Junk v Kuhnel, a case concerning the laws implementing the Directive in Germany.  Many of the issues identified in the DTI guidance, therefore, will also be relevant for employers operating in other EU Member States.