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 Regulations that define important public services, for the purpose of industrial action ballots.
The Government has published draft rules defining which public services are deemed "important" to require a 40% strike vote to take industrial action.
The latest XpertHR research looks at how employers are managing long-term sickness absence and their use of the Government's new Fit for Work service.
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.
The Government has launched a consultation on measures that could force companies to reveal the gap in earnings between their CEO and the average employee.
XpertHR's Policies and documents tool has been enhanced by the addition of new templates on HR change, to accompany our good practice guide on managing an HR change.
We recap on the traditional guidance for employers on misconduct at the work Christmas party. We also examine issues employers might face this Christmas around attendance and absence.
A model project plan for an HR change.
A model "charter for change" for an HR change project.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employee relations.