Redundancy support offered to Monarch employees

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We are offering assistance to ex-employees of Monarch as a result of the organisation’s recent announcement that it has entered into administration.

Monarch Airlines Limited and Monarch Travel Group Limited, the airline and package holiday firm, made almost 2000 employees redundant with immediate effect on the morning of 2 October across sites in Birmingham, Leeds, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester. We understand that mounting cost pressures and increasingly competitive market conditions in the European short-haul market contributed to the Monarch Group experiencing a sustained period of trading losses.

Ex-employee’s made redundant with immediate effect might have claims for something called a Protective Award, as well as redundancy entitlements. We therefore urge former staff members to contact our employment law team for advice and representation following this sudden announcement.

A company is under a duty to give advance notice and consult with staff representatives for a minimum of 30 days where it proposes to dismiss 20 or more employees at one workplace within a 90 day period. Companies are legally obliged to tell employee representatives what is happening, tell them that redundancies are looking likely and consult with them about ways of avoiding redundancies, keep numbers to a minimum and/or mitigate the effects.

If this does not happen, employees may be able to make a claim in an Employment Tribunal for up to 3 months’ pay for a Protective Award – essentially a penalty for the failure to comply with its obligations. This compensation payment is payable in addition to redundancy pay, notice pay and other basic entitlements. If a company is insolvent, the Government Insolvency Service will guarantee up to 8 weeks of the value of a Protective Award claim, subject to any deductions (but they will only pay this if they have an Employment Tribunal Judgment ordering a Protective Award to be paid).

Morrish Solicitors LLP regularly pursues protective award claims on behalf of employees. We recently won protective award claims for over 250 former City Link employees, over 100 Phones 4U employees and other companies, including Austin Reed, Turners Fine Foods, Paperlinx and Low Cost Travel. The individuals in these cases were made redundant without consultation and Morrish Solicitors LLP secured an Employment Tribunal Judgment for 90 days’ gross pay for each employee.

We are very experienced in such claims, assisting people with all shapes and sizes of problems at work, as well as representation in the Employment Tribunals (such as in Unfair Dismissal, discrimination and contractual claims) and Courts.

Employees should note that there is a general time limit of 3 months (less one day) from the date of the act complained of to bring most types of claims in the Employment Tribunals, subject to any extension by way of use of the ACAS Early Conciliation process. We are unable to give more detailed advice about time limits at this stage but employees should have regard to them. If missed, an employee will automatically be prevented from pursuing a claim.

If you have been made redundant from Monarch without consultation please read our ‘frequently asked questions’ document and complete our no-obligation online questionnaire for assistance with your case.

If you have any questions please email us at info@morrishsolicitors.com or call 033 3344 9600.

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