This news has met with mixed reviews as some parties will feel that in this ever challenging market the government is simply making it easier to manage people out of roles while others will support having a less prolonged, more modern consultation process.
With the changes due to take place in April next year, I asked a number of our interim managers within the HR space what their views are on this. Many of our interim HR Directors are often appointed by businesses during times of change and often managing large scale redundancies is part of their remit.
Overall the feeling from our interim managers seems to be that the time scales are less important than how that process is handled. Having the right process, procedures and approach are the most important factors and handling the process with sensitivity and professionalism seems to out-weigh restrictions on timescales.