Specialist Leisure Group Staff Could Claim up to 90 Days’ Pay

Deana Bates
Employment Law Solicitor

If you work for Specialist Leisure Group or any of their other well know travel and leisure brands like Shearings, you’ve just found out that you’ve lost your job because the business has gone into administration.

You probably don’t know that you could make a Protective Award Claim for up to 90 days’ pay, as long as there were more than 20 people working in the same location as you. This is because you have not been given proper consultation of your redundancy.

If you work for Specialist Leisure Group, or any of their other brands such as Shearings, National Holidays, Bay Hotels, Country Living Hotels or Coast and Country, you can find out if you’re eligible to make a Protective Award Claim using our Protective Award Eligibility Checker.

Our Employment Law Solicitors offer free initial legal advice and we deal with Protective Award Claims on a No Win, No Fee basis – just ask us for details.

Call us on 08002605010 or request a callback and we will help you.

Specialist Leisure Group in Administration

Specialist Leisure Group went into administration on 22 May, after being impacted considerably by the Coronavirus pandemic. After it ceased trading, 2,460 immediate job losses were announced. This includes job losses at a large number of hotels, travel booking companies and perhaps the best known of the group, Shearings.

Anyone made redundant get legal advice about making a Protective Award Claim.

What is a Protective Award Claim?

If you were working for Specialist Leisure Group, you’ve lost your job, you can make a Protective Award Claim as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • You were employed at a site where at least 20 people worked and were made redundant
  • You were not given the correct consultation about your redundancy

If your situation meets these criteria and Specialist Leisure Group didn’t follow the rules around Collective Redundancies and the consultation process they should have followed, you will be entitled to claim up to 90 days’ pay from the Insolvency Service.

Once you know you are eligible to make a Protective Award Claim, you will need to get permission from the administrators. This can be difficult at times, but our Employment Law Solicitors will handle this for you.

Before you can make a claim at the Employment Tribunal, you’ll need to complete the formality of ACAS Early Conciliation. This is in place to try to settle claims before they get to an Employment Tribunal. But as you have no other option to resolve your situation as your employer has gone into administration, this should be signed off without any issue.

You can apply individually for a Protective Award, or if there are a group of you from a particular hotel or group of employees from a Specialist Leisure Group brand, you can all apply together. You’ll need a Judgment from an Employment Tribunal with your name or your job title on it to get compensation for your Protective Award Claim.

Once you have the Judgment in your favour from the Employment Tribunal, you should be entitled to receive compensation for your Protective Award Claim. You can claim a maximum award of £538 per week for a total of eight weeks from the HM Government Insolvency Service. So the maximum award you could claim is £4,304. Any award you’re given will be based on your weekly wage before you were made redundant up to the cap of £4,304.

Because of the complex nature of Specialist Leisure Group, with all the separate brands and businesses, the best way to make sure you can claim what you’re entitled to is to get legal advice from a specialist Employment Law Solicitor.

Important Information for Protective Award Claims

There is a short time limit to make a claim for a Protective Award. You only have three months less one day from when you were made redundant to make a claim.

You can make a Protective Award Claim whether you are a full or a part time worker and there’s no length of service requirement to bring a Protective Award Claim.

Why Use Simpson Millar?

Our Employment Law Solicitors have helped many people just like you. With the recent closures of Thomas Cook, Flybe and Mothercare, we’re helping former employees from all of these businesses make claims.

Protect your rights to make a Protective Award, contact one of our expert Employment Law Solicitors now.

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