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
Employees rate bad communication as one of the key reasons they feel disengaged with employers. So how can HR support teams to have more productive conversations and understand each other better? Andrew Filev of Wrike explains.
Is there a maximum temperature beyond which staff are not expected to work? Should employers relax their dress codes when temperatures are high? Can employees request annual leave at short notice? XpertHR has a range of resources on employment issues that arise during hot weather.
The UK has one of the most engaged workforces in the world, according to a global piece of research into happiness at work.
Updated to include information on Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust v Harland and others, in which the EAT considered how to determine the "principal purpose" in relation to a service provision change.
Updated to include official statistics from the ONS for April 2017 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 12 July 2017.
New picketing laws came into force in March designed to prevent trade unions adopting intimidating tactics during industrial action. Nick Chronias, partner at DAC Beachcroft, looks at the likely impact of the changes and whether they could lead to new union tactics in disputes.
With the general election approaching, consultant editor Darren Newman examines the Labour and Conservative manifestos to see where the two main parties stand when it comes to potential changes to employment law.
The Supreme Court has held that the pay of teachers must be deducted at a daily rate of 1/365th of their annual salary, rather than 1/260th, for a one-day strike.
Updated to include information on Lidl Ltd v Central Arbitration Committee and another, in which the Court of Appeal considered the appropriate bargaining unit for statutory recognition.
The Labour Party's official manifesto has been released and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation for decades. We summarise the main points for employers.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employee relations.