Under the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 companies are legally required to notify the Department for the Economy of impending redundancies of 20 or more employees. While the figures provided are likely to be an underestimate of total job losses, it is not possible to quantify the extent of the shortfall. Subject to the criteria mentioned above, employers must notify the Department for the Economy of (a) redundancies proposed and (b) redundancies confirmed. The confirmed total is a more accurate measure of real job losses given that all proposed redundancies do not actually take place.
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