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Singleton’s Dairy employees to pursue compensation claims, says law firm

Posted on - 30th August, 2022 - 2:56pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Longridge, Preston News, Ribble Valley News
Singleton’s Dairy Limited, Longridge. Pic: Google

A ‘large number’ of workers from a Longridge cheese firm that fell into administration last week have spoken to a law firm in pursuit of ‘significant’ compensation.

Former and current employees of Longridge‘s Singleton’s Dairy Limited have approached Manchester law firm Linder Myers Solicitors to pursue a claim for a ‘protective award’ they wish to commence in the employment tribunal.

The law firm said it is ‘clear’ that affected employees will be entitled to pursue a claim, as the appropriate consultation procedures ‘were not followed’ before the company’s administrators made the workers redundant.

Read more: Longridge cheese firm Singleton’s Dairy falls into administration

A Linder Myers representative said: “The company should have arranged an election for employee representatives and consulted with the elected representatives at least 30 days before making the employees redundant.

“This did not occur, and they dismissed all employees without any form of consultation process.”

The law firm said the affected employees could be entitled to an award of up to 90 days pay, with up to 8 weeks pay (capped at £571 per week), less any arrears of wages, guaranteed by the government if the claims to the tribunal are successful.

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The representative said: “Many companies are struggling due to economic conditions. But they still have a legal duty under employment law to consult with their employees at risk of redundancies (where there are twenty or more employees involved), even in insolvency cases.

“Employees are not always aware of their right to pursue a protective award claim on their redundancy and only believe they are entitled to the statutory redundancy payment claim.

“Additionally, unlike the statutory redundancy payment claim, a protective award claim is available to those employed for under two years.”

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Linder Myers specialises in protective award claims, acting for groups of employees faced with similar circumstances in previous administrations and securing over £1 million in compensation on their behalf.

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