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.

Lloyds Bank last month announced job cuts and branch closures amid Brexit fallout. Photo: Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock

Top 10 HR questions July 2016: Brexit

As the result of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU sank in during July, employers began looking...

In Germany, works councils, as well as trade unions, have an involvement in forwarding workers’ interests.

How worker representatives on boards might affect employers

13 Jul 2016

Theresa May, the UK’s incoming Prime Minister, this week vowed to put worker representatives on boards of major companies. What...

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Employment law in Luxembourg: “linguistic leave” to learn Luxembourgish?

22 Jun 2016

Luxembourg offers its employees some of the more interesting and diverse leave opportunities in Europe. Employees are able to take...

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University breached information and consultation of employees regulations

10 May 2016

In University of London v Morrissey, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) found that the University of London breached the Information...

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Redundancy consultation: Redcar steelworkers to receive payout

4 Mar 2016

Former workers of steel company SSI have been awarded a share of £6.25 million over lack of consultation when they...

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Collective redundancies: five things you should know

10 Dec 2015

There have been a slew of legal rulings related to collective redundancies in 2015, dealing with issues including the meaning...

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Company directors face criminal charges over redundancies

21 Oct 2015

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

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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....

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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...

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collective redundancies

Advocate General recommends reversal of Woolworths collective redundancy decision

5 Feb 2015

Employers may not be bound by costly redundancy rules.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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