Guernsey

Guernsey States plans to review redundancy laws

People made redundant in Guernsey could get better protection in future after a government review.

Guernsey has no redundancy legislation and the States had decided to focus on disability and maternity laws first.

But the States decided to review that after reports staff laid off by failed shipping company Huelin-Renouf would not be entitled to redundancy pay.

The Commerce and Employment Department said it was sympathetic but that there were currently no laws to stop it.

Review of priorities

It said under a review of the employment protection law launched three and a half years ago it was decided developing laws on disability discrimination and maternity and paternity leave were a higher priority.

While work to address these issues will not begin until next year, the list of priorities are to be reviewed within the month.

A spokesman said: "It is the experience of the department that redundancies due to insolvency are relatively uncommon and in most cases of redundancy, funding exists within the business concerned to deal with any contractual obligations to provided redundancy payments.

"The department anticipates that it will review the employment protections priority list within the next month as part of the consideration of its business plan for the coming year."

The 25 staff lost their job when the company collapsed in August. People working for the company in Jersey and the UK would receive redundancy payments.

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