Editor's message: Maintaining a healthy employee relations environment can protect organisations from excessive grievance claims internally and employment tribunal claims externally.
Such claims can be costly in time, effort - and, when it leads to an employment tribunal, money. Promoting a positive employee relations culture is important. Key to this is transparency and accountability - where the organisation is encouraged by HR to be as transparent as strategically possible in relation to business decisions taken, and to be accountable for those actions taken.
Noelle Murphy, senior HR practice editor
The Trade Union Act introduced rules on balloting for industrial action in important public services that set the bar high for workers. Nick Chronias looks at how the law might work in practice.
In this week's podcast, we discuss the practicalities of informing and consulting with transferring employees on a TUPE transfer.
In this Spanish case, the Advocate General has suggested that a collective redundancy does not always qualify as an "exceptional case" permitting the dismissal of a pregnant worker.
Updated to include information on the Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017, which prohibits provisions relating to the check-off process and the publication of facility time applying to devolved Welsh authorities.
Updated to include information on the Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017, which excludes services provided by a devolved Welsh authority from balloting provisions requiring a 40% support threshold.
Updated to include official statistics from the ONS for July 2017 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 18 October 2017.
The Government consults on the levy to be imposed on trade unions and employers' associations to recover the cost involved of the Certification Officer's statutory duties in regulating them.
Updated to include information on Public and Commercial Services Union v Acas, in which the CAC considered if the Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 applied.
Updated to include information on Federatie Nederlandse Vakereniging and others v Smallsteps BV, in which the ECJ held that a "pre-pack" administration may not prevent employees from having TUPE rights.
The Government has launched a consultation into improving corporate governance, focusing on executive pay, strengthening shareholder influence and employee representation at board level, and raising minimum standards and reporting for large privately-held businesses.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employee relations.