Editor's message: Establishing good relations with trade unions and employee representatives can reap numerous benefits for your organisation. A good relationship will help when it comes to consulting in connection with key business changes, such as large-scale redundancies and TUPE transfers. Having an effective and productive relationship with your representatives can help consultations to run smoothly and avoid the risk of multiple employment tribunal claims.
Beyond any legal requirement to consult, establishing a culture where collective employee relations is fundamental to the way in which your organisation engages with its workforce can help to engender trust and transparency. Where there is the potential for conflict, good employee relations can provide a mechanism for resolution and open channels of communication. Conversely, where collective employee relations have broken down, organisations are exposed to the risk of industrial action, business disruption and a loss of productivity.
Laura Merrylees, senior employment law editor
Updated to reflect the change to the threshold for valid employee requests for information and consultation rights, effective from 6 April 2020.
Updated to reflect an increase in the limits applying to employment tribunal awards, with effect from 6 April 2020.
Updated to include official statistics from the ONS for January 2020 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 21 April 2020.
Overhauled and enhanced to provide a more accessible overview for employers and HR professionals.
Updated to include details of the increase in the fixed award for unlawful inducement, effective from 6 April 2020.
Updated to include a reference to the guidance by the EHRC on sexual harassment in the workplace.
Which employment cases will have the biggest impact on HR in 2020? We assess the likely impact on employers of upcoming cases on: the national minimum wage, data protection, age discrimination, collective bargaining, and TUPE.
Updated to include information on Royal Mail Group Ltd v Communication Workers Union, in which the Court of Appeal gave guidance on what amounts to unlawful interference in the conduct of a ballot.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to collective employee relations.