Updated to include details of the increase in the fixed award for unlawful inducement, effective from 6 April 2020.
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.
In Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley and others, the Court of Appeal held that the employer had not made unlawful inducements when it sent letters to employees asking them to agree a pay deal that had been rejected by their trade union.
Last month the High Court dismissed a case which claimed outsourced workers should be able to negotiate pay and conditions for the organisations they work for. Tom Long, legal director and employment law specialist at law firm Shakespeare Martineau, looks at what impact the case could have had, had it been successful.
The High Court has dismissed a case brought by the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB), which claimed that outsourced employees should be able to negotiate pay and conditions with the employers they work for.
A pharmacists' union has invited Boots to "start a new positive chapter of employee relations" after winning an eight year battle for recognition at the company.
In Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley and others  IRLR 428 EAT, the EAT held that the employer made unlawful inducements when it sent letters to employees asking them to agree a pay deal that had been rejected by their trade union. The employer had sought the "prohibited result" that - for the following year at least - the employees' terms would no longer be determined by collective agreement, even though the employer had no intention of actually derecognising the union.
In Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley and others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an employer offered unlawful inducements when it attempted to bypass collective bargaining with a trade union by making pay offers directly to its members.
This article looks at the structure of nationally and locally negotiated conditions of service in local authorities.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to collective bargaining and agreements.