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Employment Tribunal Win for Ex GHA Employees
Employment lawyers at full service law firm JMW Solicitors LLP have successfully represented a group of ex GHA employees in respect of their claims for protective awards following a failure by GHA to properly consult.
Led by Head of Employment Liz Cotton, the team at JMW worked hard on behalf of 183 ex-GHA employees to gain compensation after the firm went into administration in July 2016.
More than 300 people were made redundant when Wrexham-based GHA Coaches ceased trading and administrators were appointed after the business, which operated public and school bus services across Clywd, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Cheshire and Shropshire, received a winding-up petition over unpaid taxes.
A Tribunal ruled that GHA failed to properly consult with employees before making dismissals so they are entitled to 90 days’ pay (capped at 8 weeks’ pay due to damages, a maximum of £3800, being paid by the Department of Business Innovation and Skill). GHA (in administration) has also been ordered to pay the Tribunal fees.
The judgement was handed down on 16 March by Judge Holmes.
Commenting on the claim Liz Cotton, Partner and Head of Employment at JMW said:
“We are delighted to have won the judgment for GHA’s failure to consult properly over the redundancy of their employees. We are pleased that the Judge felt GHA should have done more to consult with their employees when they knew the company was in trouble. The damages will hopefully help the ex-employees be able to move on after losing their jobs with no warning at all.”
Last year, the firm won a similar group action on behalf of 340 staff at the parcel carrier City Link after it went out of business on Christmas Eve in 2014.
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