Restrictions on certain redundancy rights to be removed on 30 September 2021
In a move that was welcomed by employers at the time, the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 inserted a new section 12A into the Redundancy Payments Act 1967 (the "RPA"), which suspended the operation of section 12 of the RPA for the duration of a defined ‘emergency period’. Section 12 of the RPA provides that where an employee has been kept on lay-off or short-time (or a combination of both) for at least four consecutive weeks, or six weeks (of which not more than three were consecutive) in a 13-week period, he or she is entitled to claim a statutory redundancy payment from his or her employer.
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