This document is intended to provide brief guidance on Protective Award claims for employees of  Brass Agency Ltd who have been made redundant.

 

What is a Protective Award?

If an employer proposes to make redundant 20 or more employees at one workplace it must inform and consult workplace representatives. Consultation must last for a minimum of 30 days (where between 20 and 99 redundancies are made) or 45 days (where 100 or more redundancies are made).

A “protective award” is compensation payable to each redundant employee where the employer fails to comply with those duties.

It’s not the same as a claim for notice pay or redundancy pay – it’s a claim for additional compensation for the lack of information and consultation.

Am I eligible to bring a Protective Award claim?

Yes. If you are an employee and you are 1 of 20 or more made redundant at a single workplace by your employer or its insolvency practitioners, without consultation, or without sufficient consultation.

What if representatives were elected?

If representatives were elected for redundancy consultation or there was an existing employee forum or recognised union, the representative might have to pursue the claim for you. You must therefore identify whether representatives were in place and make sure they join you in making a claim.

Do I need to have been employed for a particular length of time?

These claims don’t depend on your length of service. Provided you were an employee and you were made redundant, you are eligible to make a claim.

When must the claim be brought?

A claim must be made to an Employment Tribunal within 3 months (less a day) from the date you were/are made redundant, subject to any extension of time that might be granted for completing ACAS Early Conciliation within that primary period.

If I am successful, what am I likely to recover?

The maximum award an Employment Tribunal can make is 90 days’ gross pay but this can be reduced in certain circumstances.

Where the company is insolvent, it’s likely that only a proportion of the compensation awarded by the Tribunal will actually be recovered via the government’s Insolvency Service (see below).

What if my employer is insolvent?

In cases of insolvency the government’s Insolvency Service can pay Protective Award compensation out of the National Insurance Fund but only if you have a Tribunal judgment. The amount is limited to a maximum of 8 weeks’ gross pay (capped at £525 per week if made redundant on or after 6 April 2019), less amounts already paid for wages or commission payments owed to you.

How can Morrish Solicitors help me?

We are national experts in these claims. We represented 260 ex-CityLink employees, who were each awarded 90 days’ pay (BBC News, ITV News) and we’ve had success in other large protective award claims such as Phones4u (Yorkshirelegalnews), Turners Fine Foods, Paperlinx, Austin Reed, Maplin, Poundworld and others. We are currently pursuing many other claims against Thomas Cook and 3aaa.

There are a number of procedural and technical pitfalls that could lead to your claim being rejected. If the claim is defended or you can’t secure permission to proceed, you could lose altogether. The process of securing compensation can be complicated and time consuming. We can handle the whole process for you from start to finish, making sure you have the best chance of winning your case.

We always recommend seeking legal advice and representation when pursuing these claims.

What about fees?

Legal fees and expenses are only payable at the end of the case, from the compensation you recover, at the agreed %. If you lose, you don’t pay anything. There will be no other costs or fees payable to us above the agreed %.

Completion of our online questionnaire by you by 20th December 2019 helps us to keep track of numbers and gives us the basic information we need. Once we have those questionnaire replies from all the interested employees, we’ll contact you with our funding documents (containing the agreed % recoverable for our fees) for you to complete and send back to us.

What if I am a member of a Trade Union or part of a bargaining unit?

If you are a trade union member you must contact your union and seek their support in pursuing a claim. Trade union membership is by far the best way of funding these types of claim, as legal assistance is usually a benefit of membership.

If trade unions operate within the company you must let us know. We need to check whether you were part of a bargaining unit for which a trade union was recognised.

Complete our Protective Award questionnaire

If you would like us to help you with a potential claim, please complete our online Protective Award questionnaire by 20th December 2019. If you have any questions contact David Sorensen or email info@morrishsolicitors.com.

There is a time limit of 3 months (less one day), from the date your employment ended, within which to pursue this claim in the Employment Tribunal. This is subject to any extension through use of the ACAS Early Conciliation process.

Completion of this questionnaire is merely an expression of interest in this claim. We will write to you with further information in due course.

We will only lodge an Employment Tribunal claim for you if funding arrangements are in place and if we have written to you to confirm we will do so. Until that time, it remains your responsibility to lodge proceedings within the appropriate time limits.