Information & consultation

Employers are obliged to inform and consult with employees in certain workplace scenarios. Under the Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004, an employer may be obliged to consult with its workforce on key matters that affect employment. If an employer receives a valid request from its employees it is required to enter into negotiations to establish a procedure for informing and consulting them.

Where an employer is making collective redundancies or is party to a TUPE transfer, either as the transferee or the transferor, it is required to inform and consult with “appropriate representatives” of the affected employees.

Employees at USC were given 15 minutes' notice  that they were to be made redundant. Photo: Nicholas Bailey/REX Shutterstock

Company directors face criminal charges over redundancies

Former company directors in two separate organisations have been charged with criminal offences relating to their failure to follow redundancy...


Employment law in Chile: Seven interesting facts

2 Jul 2015

Chile is host to many multinational businesses, and has one of the highest rates of working hours in the world....

Continue Reading

Changing terms and conditions: when a variation clause is not enough

7 May 2015

Changing employees’ terms and conditions of employment has never been an HR professional’s easiest task. Georgina Rowley looks at three...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
collective redundancies

Advocate General recommends reversal of Woolworths collective redundancy decision

5 Feb 2015

Employers may not be bound by costly redundancy rules.

Continue Reading
Tribunal watch: £50,000 awards for insolvent firm's redundancy consultation failures. Photo: REX/TS/Keystone USA

Tribunal watch: £50,000 awards for insolvent firm’s redundancy consultation failures

24 Nov 2014

A Northern Ireland tribunal has found that staff who were made redundant at Canadian firm Nortel are entitled to payments...

Continue Reading
Top 10 HR questions in August 2014: enhanced paternity pay, fixed-term contracts and TUPE

Top 10 HR questions in August 2014: enhanced parental pay, fixed-term contracts and TUPE

3 Sep 2014

If an employer pays enhanced maternity pay, must it also enhance pay to employees on shared parental leave? This seems...

Continue Reading
University of Manchester

Tribunal watch: University of Manchester unfairly dismissed former Big Brother psychologist

29 Aug 2014

An employment tribunal has ruled that a former Big Brother professor was unfairly dismissed for a first offence after he...

Continue Reading
What are the differences between British and French laws on collective redundancies?

What are the differences between British and French laws on collective redundancies?

21 May 2014

Employers that operate internationally need to be aware of their legal responsibilities in different countries. Alain-Christian Monkam examines the important...

Continue Reading
HR questions

Top 10 HR questions in April 2014

1 May 2014

Employers’ questions on the Acas early conciliation process, which was introduced on 6 April 2014, were the most popular FAQs...

Continue Reading

Government wins right to appeal Woolworths collective redundancies decision

13 Sep 2013

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has been granted permission to appeal this summer’s judgment by the Employment Appeal Tribunal...

Continue Reading

Failure to inform and consult on redundancies while insolvent

28 Aug 2013

AEI Cables Ltd v GMB and othersIn DLA Piper’s case of the week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that the...

Continue Reading

Loosely drafted collective agreement did not allow lower pay increase

18 Jun 2013

Anderson and others v London Fire & Emergency Planning AuthorityIn DLA Piper’s case of the week, the Court of Appeal...

Continue Reading

Legal opinion: Redundancy consultation under the threat of insolvency

3 Jun 2013

Employers facing urgent and large-scale redundancy programmes often complain that their obligation to collectively consult under the Trade Union and...

Continue Reading

Redundancy consultations: a 60-minute guide for employers (webinar)

3 May 2013

Wednesday 8 May 2013, 2:00pm BST.
The law recognises that redundancies will cause employees great distress and accordingly requires employers...

Continue Reading

6 April collective redundancy reforms: why three little words mean huge confusion – Update

5 Apr 2013

Important changes to the law on collective redundancy consultation come into force on 6 April 2013 – or do they?...

Continue Reading