Employee relations

Noelle MurphyEditor'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 and updated

  • Date:
    26 May 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    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.

  • Industrial action: correct approach to deducting pay for teachers on strike

    Date:
    25 May 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    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.

  • Trade union recognition

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    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.

  • Labour disputes

    Type:
    Indicators

    Updated to include official statistics from the ONS for March 2017 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 14 June 2017.

  • Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

    Date:
    17 May 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    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.

  • Call for evidence on electronic balloting for industrial action

    Date:
    10 May 2017
    Type:
    Consultations

    The Government launches a call for evidence on electronic balloting as part of its independent review into alternative methods of balloting for industrial action.

  • Date:
    8 May 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    A watertight long-term sickness absence policy can give employees who are off work for an extended period the best chance of returning to work, and reduce the risk of employers facing disability discrimination or unfair dismissal claims. How should employers formulate their long-term sickness absence policy?

  • Date:
    4 May 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Putting together a short-term sickness absence policy can be one of the most daunting tasks an HR professional can face. We take you step by step through what a typical short-term sickness absence policy should contain.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 May 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    Kirsti Laird is senior associate at Charles Russell Speechlys. She rounds up the latest rulings.

  • Podcast: Long-term sickness absence in the workplace

    Date:
    28 April 2017
    Type:
    Audio and video

    In this week's podcast, we discuss some key considerations for employers when dealing with an employee on long-term sickness absence.