Protective awards are intended to be a punitive measure to ensure employers consult with employees before effecting mass redundancies. The intention is not merely to afford employee representatives the opportunity to suggest ways redundancies might be mitigated or avoided, but also to give employees sufficient time to explore alternative job opportunities. Despite the covid-19 Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), the current pandemic has resulted in numerous redundancies, many in breach of the legislation. When furlough ends, this trend is likely not only to continue, but worsen significantly.

Potential prospects?

This scenario has been entirely predictable since the CJRS was introduced. Why, then, will so many compa...

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