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COLLECTIVE REDUNDANCIES: ECJ restores established meaning of ‘establishment’

29 May 2015  

The decision in the long-running Woolworths case is good news for multi-site employers looking to restructure, writes Lydia Christie

In a return to previously established case law, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has confirmed that, for the purposes of collective redundancy consultation, an ‘establishment’ is the unit where workers are assigned to carry out their duties. The decision means that UK collective redundancy consultation obligations will not be triggered at employment units with fewer than 20 employees, even if 20 or more employees are being proposed as redundant across several sites of that business.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Case C-80/14 USDAW & anor v WW Realisation 1 Ltd & ors [2015] ECJ (Fifth Chamber), 30 April

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