The government has announced changes to employment legislation which include reducing the consultation period for large-scale redundancies from 90 to 45 days.

Halving the minimum consultation time for organisations making 100 or more redundancies would enhance “certainty and flexibility” for both workers and employers, said ministers.

Other reforms announced this morning include legislation to ensure fixed-term contracts are excluded from collective redundancy consultations, and the introduction of new Acas guidance on the subject.

The changes are expected to take effect from April 2013.

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