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
Updated to take into account the publication of draft Regulations that define important public services for industrial action ballots and the draft revised Code of practice on industrial action ballots and notice to employers.
Updated to include official statistics from the ONS for November 2016 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 15 February 2017.
We look at the key legislative changes, cases, consultations, holidays and pay forecasts for 2017.
Fifty Conservative MPs have demanded tougher strike laws be introduced to stop the "widespread misery" suffered by Southern Rail commuters being repeated.
With large parts of the UK having experienced heavy snowfall, we answer five common questions from employers on the workplace impact of severe weather conditions.
Severe weather has the potential to disrupt business operations and to affect employees commuting to or from work or travelling for work-related reasons. Employers should consider providing instructions to employees in advance and it is advisable to have a clear severe weather policy in place.
We discuss the key legislative developments affecting employers in 2017, including: gender pay gap reporting; the apprenticeship levy; public-sector exit payments and changes to statutory rates.
Cases on appeal provides news on key case law developments that are expected.
Updated to include information on trends in employee engagement surveys.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employee relations.