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30 November 2006

LRD updates guide to redundancy law
With high levels of redundancies in a range of sectors and many thousands of workers threatened with the loss of their jobs, it is vital for individuals and their trade union representatives to be aware of their rights at work.

LRD's new booklet Redundancy law - a trade unionist's guide is a completely updated edition of our comprehensive guide to the legislation in this crucial area. This valuable resource will help union reps make sure they have a thorough and up-to-date understanding of the law and best practice.

All areas of redundancy law are covered, from the definition of a redundancy situation to the circumstances in which employers have a duty to consult trade union or other employee representatives. Workers' rights are clearly and concisely explained in relation to:

* selection for redundancy;
* individual and collective consultation;
* offers of alternative work;
* redundancy pay, insolvency, taxation and benefits;
* layoff and short-time working; and
* employers' obligations to offer alternative employment.

The 68-page booklet also describes how redundancy pay schemes and redundancy selection criteria have been affected by the new regulations on age discrimination, which came into force on 1 October 2006.

Besides enabling reps to point to the specific sections of employment law that confer redundancy-related rights, Redundancy law - a trade unionist's guide also contains a wealth of relevant case law to indicate how courts and tribunals have interpreted the legislation. And there are examples of workplace agreements on selection criteria andredundancy pay.

?2Notes to editors

1. Redundancy law - a trade unionist's guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?5.25 or ?11.40 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?34.45 (?76.95 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded more than 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries about this booklet, contact Sally Buffard on 020 7902 9827. To order copies of the booklet, telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk

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