While results of employee engagement surveys at Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking are positive, a deeper look into the figures found that some concerns were not being addressed by the existing survey. Qualitative data showed that there w More...11 April 2012 09:49
An employee relations adviser has compared Unite's attempts to agree national minimum standards for fuel-tanker drivers, employed by seven different companies, to getting all the major UK supermarkets to agree unified pay and working conditions for thei More...05 April 2012 16:48
The past few weeks have seen numerous news reports about the threat of strikes by transport workers, who have demanded bonuses in return for the possibility of working extra hours during the Olympics.
Recently, it was reported that Tube workers had More...05 April 2012 14:32
Mediation is a key part of the Government's plans for employment law reform. It hopes that by referring all employment disputes to mediation it will reduce the number of tribunals that take place.
However, it needn't look far to see a success More...29 March 2012 11:46
Last year, the Government asked David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, authors of the Engaging for success report, to create the Employee Engagement Task Force in an attempt to tackle UK productivity at its roots. One year on from its launch, they te More...26 March 2012 10:40
London Underground Ltd v Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF)
This case concerned proposed industrial action relating to a dispute over payments to tube drivers for working on Boxing Day. The union notified Londo More...29 February 2012 15:35
The presence of trade unions in workplaces could be saving employers in the private and public sectors as much £701 million per year, in large part because such workplaces are safer and workers are better trained and motivated as a result, a report by t More...27 February 2012 10:09
One-third of employers say that they have prohibited relationships between managers and subordinates, according to preview findings from the 2012 XpertHR survey of workplace relationships.
On Valentine's Day, the initial findings highlight the rathe More...14 February 2012 00:01
When the Government first announced that the public sector would have to make severe cuts, Richard Crouch, HR director of Somerset County Council, suggested that some HR teams would lack the necessary negotiation skills to deal with the changes.
More...09 February 2012 16:28
The Government today announced the latest step in its attempts to reform the employment tribunal system - a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks for small businesses.
The pilot networks will be located in Cambridge and Manchester, where More...23 January 2012 16:42
Public sector unions have lost their High Court battle over alterations to how pensions are calculated.
George Osborne announced in his emergency Budget in June 2010 that, with effect from April 2011, pensions would be uprated using the consume More...02 December 2011 16:21
Employee support for public sector cuts has fallen but many still believe striking public workers will lose sympathy if they cause disruption, a report has found. According to research by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), More...24 November 2011 00:01
In unfair dismissal claims, employment tribunals take the "Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures" into account where relevant and may increase an award of compensation by up to 25% for an employer's unreasonable failure to More...17 November 2011 13:50
In June 2011, the Pensions Bill passed its way through Parliament, resulting in the state pension age now moving closer to beyond 65 years of age. But, despite the increased likelihood of an older workforce, research has shown that older workers are oft More...07 November 2011 00:01
EXCLUSIVE The Unison ballot, in which members voted yes to a strike over public sector pensions, could be "fatally flawed", meaning that employers could put a stop to the planned "day of action" on 30 November. More...03 November 2011 15:58
Public sector unions have said that they are "firmly committed" to continuing preparations for a planned day of industrial action at the end of the month, despite a new offer from the Government on pensions.
The Government set out details of its new More...03 November 2011 09:13
The Government could put a stop to coordinated strike action in the public sector by encouraging employers to challenge the walkouts in court.
This is the claim of Stephen Blunt, partner at law firm Clyde & Co, who was quoted by Reute More...01 November 2011 16:58
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provides those involved in disagreements with an option to avoid stressful legal procedures, say Linda Goldman and Joan Lewis.
In March 2011, Acas welcomed the Government's proposal for potential empl More...01 November 2011 12:47
While there's a mountain of literature showing that engaged employees deliver better performance, there is little discussion about what it actually is that people engage with at work. Angela Baron explains that it's not just the organisation, it's the p More...25 October 2011 11:23
I am in the middle of an employment tribunal dispute with an employee who has claimed that a decision not to promote him was discriminatory, but has not resigned. His solicitors have suggested mediation - is that a good idea or will it be just more lega More...15 September 2011 11:24