Jersey – New redundancy entitlements set to become law from 1 January 2011, but further discussion on collective consultationFriday, October 15th, 2010
The States has already approved a new law to provide entitlement for employees with at least 2 years’ continuous employment to receive redundancy pay from their employer. The payment would be equivalent to 1 week’s pay (up to a maximum of the average weekly earnings figure) for each full year of employment. The Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service has been running training courses for the past year to explain the new entitlements.
The Social Security Minister has confirmed that, pending a States debate on 19 October, the new redundancy laws will come into effect from 1 January 2011.
However, one aspect of the new entitlements is to be reconsidered before it becomes law. Public consultation has indicated that the number of proposed redundancies that would trigger collective consultation with trade unions and staff representatives is set too low. An alternative proposal, for consultation to be required if there are 21 or more redundancies proposed in a 90-day period, will be debated by the States on 16 November and, until a decision is reached, employees will still have the right to be consulted individually about proposed redundancies.