Establishing the establishment

Positive news for employers on the meaning of establishment

The Advocate General has given his opinion in the Woolworth’s case that ‘establishment’ means “the unit to which the workers made redundant are assigned to carry out their duties”.

This is good news for employers, however, the Advocate General has said that there is nothing to stop the courts from implementing rules which are more favourable to employees.

Find out more about the decision and what it means for employers »


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Andrew Chamberlain

Partner - Head of Employment & Chair of the SDE

I am a Partner, the National Head of the Employment Team and the Chair of the Service Delivery Executive (SDE), which is focused on building better solutions for clients.