Ian Guider: Return of redundancy payments will give clarity on zombie companies

This is an important move not only for restoring workers’ rights but also for what it may show about the scale of long-term damage to businesses and employment caused by the pandemic

‘The triggering of redundancy rights may well tip over companies that were just about clinging on. It will be painful for those involved.’ Picture: Getty

The vast bulk of coronavirus restrictions have now been lifted, with more to come in October. Normality will also hopefully return soon to those workers who have been in suspended animation since the pandemic began, not knowing whether their job would exist or not after it was over.

Along with all of the financial supports for companies and employees announced in the months following March 2020, the government also suspended a key piece of employment ...