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
New Regulations confirm that the Trade Union Act 2016 rules on strike votes, picketing and union dues will take effect on 1 March 2017
The main provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 come into effect on 1 March 2017.
Our upcoming podcast will provide an overview of the key employment law changes on the horizon, including those coming into force in April.
Updated to include official statistics from the ONS for December 2016 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 15 March 2017.
Updated to reflect that changes under the Trade Union Act 2016, including provisions relating to balloting and strike action, will come into force on 1 March 2017.
Updated to reflect that the measures relating to the supervision of picketing under the Trade Union Act 2016, will come into force on 1 March 2017.
We discuss how to ensure a difficult conversation goes smoothly, including the steps you can take to prepare for the conversation.
Chris Cook is a partner and Keely Rushmore is a senior associate at SA Law. They round up the latest rulings.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employee relations.