Former Roadbridge employees take legal action

Employees of collapsed civil contractor Roadbridge have sought legal advice on the compensation claims.

Linder Myers lawyers said NC that former Roadbridge UK employees may be able to claim significant compensation if it is proven that they were not sufficiently consulted before the redundancy notice published last week.

On March 16, directors Grant Thornton announced in a statement that Roadbridge’s UK subsidiary and Irish parent company had ceased operations, and that more than 200 UK employees were to be made redundant.

Linder Myers, based in Manchester, said: ‘We have been contacted by a number of former Roadbridge UK employees regarding a claim for protection pay which they wish to bring before the Employment Court.

“Ex-Roadbridge UK employees will be able to claim significant compensation if they were not adequately consulted before their redundancy, even in the event of administration. After previous discussions with former employees, it seems likely that proper procedures were not followed in this case.

It is alleged that Roadbridge UK may have failed to comply with legal obligations to collectively consult with employee representatives within an appropriate time frame before laying off all employees.

Companies must give at least 30 days’ notice of dismissal if more than 20 employees are to be laid off. The notice period increases to 45 days if more than 100 employees are expected to lose their jobs.

According to Linder Myers, if a lawsuit is successful, former Roadbridge employees may be entitled to up to 90 days’ pay, with eight weeks’ pay guaranteed by the government if claims are taken to industrial tribunal.

Roadbridge’s UK business operated from its head office in Welwyn Garden City and had a number of contracts across the UK.

Roadbridge had undertaken major civil engineering and earthworks on the HS2 project for the Align joint venture, made up of Bouygues, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick.

The contractor’s Limerick-based parent company, Roadbridge Ltd, was also placed in receivership, with Grant Thornton taking care of the affairs of both companies.

Commenting on the decision to place the business in receivership last week, UK director of Grant Thornton, Rob Parker, said: “Due to the financial situation of the business, unfortunately the UK business has ceased trading , with the vast majority of the 215 employees being laid off on March 16, 2022.

“The Joint Administrators and their team will now focus their efforts on supporting employees through the Redundancy Payout Service claims process during this difficult time, as well as seeking to maximize the achievements of the company’s assets at the benefit of the company’s creditors.”

Alice F. Ponder