Thomas Cook Staff Protective Award Claims for Compensation

Author:
David Jones
Employment Law Associate Solicitor
Date:
23/09/2019

If you worked at Thomas Cook, you may be entitled to compensation by making a Protective Award Claim.

For free initial legal advice call our Employment Law Solicitors on 08002605010 or use our online Protective Award eligibility checker.

A Protective Award Claim can pay compensation which is awarded by an Employment Tribunal because your employer failed to consult with you before making you redundant.

Our Employment Law Solicitors successfully represented employees at Monarch Airlines after its collapse in 2017, and we offer a free initial consultation for former members of staff at Thomas Cook.

We may be able to deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis - ask us for details.

Click here to check your eligibility for a Protective Award Claim

What is a Protective Award?

Before decisions concerning redundancies can be taken, employers are legally required to consult with trade union or employee representatives, or their employees if no representatives have been elected.

The consultation period should last for 30 days if between 20 and 99 employees are set to be made redundant at an establishment, and 45 days if 100 or more employees stand to lose their jobs. So if the employer fails to do this, employees could be entitled to a Protective Award – an amount of compensation worth up to 90 days’ gross pay, with eight weeks of it paid by the National Insurance Fund (maximum weekly pay capped at £525 per week).

This compensation is awarded by an Employment Tribunal to all affected employees. If the law concerning consultation periods isn’t followed, affected members of staff can find themselves facing sudden financial pressures with little or no notice – as is the case at Thomas Cook. As the insolvency has been sprung on Thomas Cook staff without warning, it suggests no collective consultation has taken place.

Our Employment Law Solicitors are specialists at securing Employment Tribunal judgements for workers who have been made redundant without proper consultation.

How Long Do I Have to Make a Protective Award Claim?

You have three months less one day of the date of your termination of employment to take legal action. You therefore need to act sooner rather than later, so your Employment Law Solicitor has enough time to prepare your claim and lodge it at an Employment Tribunal.

For more information see Protective Award Claims

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