Redundancy payments and lay-off: an appropriate balance?

The recent decision of Langstaff P in Craig v Lindfield & Son Ltd (UKEAT/0220/15/LA) resolved a clash of EAT decisions from the 1980s relating to the rights of workers who have been temporarily laid-off and the scope of sections 147 to 154 of the ERA 1996. Langstaff P ruled that contracts which provide for employee lay-off are not subject to an implied term that the period of lay-off should be reasonable.

In an article first published by ELA briefing in April 2016, Matthew Sellwood reviews.

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