No – this is a common misconception.
The law says that no redundancy dismissals can take effect within 30 days of the beginning of collective consultation (rising to 45 days where there are 100+ proposed redundancies). It is possible to conclude collective consultation, and individual consultation, provided that no notices of dismissal expire during this time.
However, employers should also guard against being seen to rush through the process and avoid an argument that they have not properly consulted and/or that some or all of the redundancy dismissals are unfair.
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