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 include official statistics from the ONS for August 2017 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 15 November 2017.
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