“/>David Mitchell of Belfast-based law firm Millar McCall Wylie
“After the sale of Arcadia Group to online fashion retailers Boohoo and Asos, many employees were shocked and confused. Unfortunately, this is a common experience for many in the current economic climate,” said David Mitchell of Belfast law firm Millar McCall Wylie.
“All employers are obliged to comply with labor law when dismissing them. In Northern Ireland, when 20 or more employees are laid off from a job, employers must begin a consultation process with employees for at least 30 days to inform them that they are threatened with being laid off. If employees do not participate in this process, they can be entitled to a claim for protection. “
A protection premium is a right to compensation for a maximum of 90 days of gross wages. If a company is insolvent, up to eight weeks of these premiums can be paid by the Bankruptcy Service (maximum £ 560 per week). This applies to all full-time and part-time employees, regardless of their length of employment.
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“While large employers face economic pressures in the most unprecedented of times, it is important that workers understand their legal rights when something as devastating as layoffs occurs. Employees should act quickly as there is a strict three-month deadline, ”David added.
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