An employment tribunal hearing is taking place this week at which 10 former Rocket Post employees are claiming they were denied any form of consultation or redundancy payment after losing their jobs at the post house.
The hearing will look to establish who was responsible for the staff during the merger of Rocket Post and film-processing company iLab in April 2009.
Four limited companies - RKT Post, Ticketlamp, iLab UK and iLab Facilities - are involved and the outcome could rest on TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment) regulations and whether any of the companies continued to provide post-production services after the staff left the company.
The employees’ representative, James Goldman of Hendons LLP said: “If we can establish the employer, I would hope that liability will then be fairly easy. We will have to wait and see.”
The hearing began on Monday 10 May at the Employment Tribunal Service hearing centre in central London.
It was due to last for four days. A verdict is expected on Thursday (13 May).
Ian Down of Hamlins LLP, who is representing iLab Facilities, said: “We have no instructions to provide any information in connection with the claims and would not expect to receive them in light of the hearing.”
Rocket Post was founded in 2008 using assets and staff from the now dissolved companies M2 and Lime.