Keeping Kids Company v Smith & others [2018]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    UKEAT 0057_17_2102
  • Legal Body
    Employment Appeal Tribunal (UKEAT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Collective Redundancies; Duty to Consult; Protective Award; Special Circumstance Defence

The Claimants worked for the Respondent charity. In June 2015 the Respondent got into financial difficulty and applied for a £3m Government grant on the basis that a private donor would match the government’s award. Plans were put in place to consult on the redundancies of 100 staff. However, funding was withdrawn after bad publicity relating to a police investigation into child safeguarding issues. All staff were eventually made redundant.

The Claimants were each granted 90 days’ protective award by the ET. It held that a consultation should have started as soon as the grant was applied for and redundancies planned. The EAT agreed with the ET that the Respondent should have consulted in

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This article is correct at 08/03/2018

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