Foran v Las Security Ltd
EMPLOYMENT APPEALS TRIBUNAL
Employee: Meath Citizens Information Service, Floor 2, 1 Canon Row, Navan, Co. Meath
Employer: A director of the company
These claims came before the Tribunal by way of a direct claim by the employee under the Redundancy Payments Acts, 1967 to 2007 and an appeal by the employer against a Rights Commissioner Decision (reference: r-153036, 153034-tu-14/JT) under the E.C. (Protection of Employees on Transfer of Undertakings) Regulations.
A director of the respondent company gave evidence that the company lost the contract of providing security services to a shopping centre. The respondent company believed that the employees based at the shopping centre would transfer to the new company that had won the contract. The respondent company believed that a transfer of undertakings automatically applied in the circumstances. To that end the employee in this case was instructed to make contact with the new company. The respondent company also sent information to the new company concerning the employees but the new company disputed that a transfer of undertakings had occurred. The respondent company was dissatisfied with both the Rights Commissioner's Decision and the quantum awarded to the employee.
There was a dispute between the parties as to whether or not the new company employed another employee from the respondent company. The director maintained it had but he was unaware if the employee's continuity of service was preserved. The employee in this case refuted that his colleague worked for the new company.
It was the employee's evidence that when he contacted the new company he was informed that there was no position for him. The new company subsequently followed up in writing stating that there was no transfer of undertaking between the two companies.
The Tribunal is satisfied that the Rights...
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