Employee relations

Crucial collective bargaining case reaches Supreme Court

Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley and Others will decide whether organisations are able to negotiate directly with staff where trade unions hold collective bargaining rights. 

Spain passes landmark gig economy law

17 May 2021

Food delivery and courier companies in Spain now three months to employ drivers as staff under a landmark new law.

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Rail staff falsely promised bonus in cyber security exercise

11 May 2021

A rail union has criticised West Midlands Trains for sending staff an email that falsely promised bonuses in an attempt to test their cyber security awareness.

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Acas: Conflict costs employers almost £30bn a year

11 May 2021

Workplace conflict costs UK employers £28.5bn a year, according to a new report from conciliation service Acas.

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Employees’ views not sought over return to office

11 May 2021

A Chartered Management Institute survey finds that many managers have not spoken to staff about their working preferences.

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Logistics giant criticised for furlough use while paying CEO bonus

10 May 2021

Unions are disappointed that XPO Logistics has paid its CEO a $3.3m bonus while claiming millions in furlough grants.

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Nurses to receive ‘activist’ training to fight for more pay

10 May 2021

Up to 25,000 nurses are to receive training to become ‘activists’ in a bid to help nursing unions to convince the government to improve its pay offer.

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How the Army Mediation Service is advancing on conflict

10 May 2021

An in-house mediation service in the Army has resolved hundreds of issues before they escalate to a formal complaint.

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Unions and MPs urge action on ‘fire and rehire’

7 May 2021

A letter signed by unions and 140 MPs and Lords urges the government to use next week's Queen's Speech to announce legislation banning 'fire and rehire' tactics.

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End of furlough will lead to spike in tribunals

5 May 2021

Employers could see a surge in tribunal claims when the furlough scheme ends in September, according to a study.

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A mural of an NHS doctor by Catman in Whitstable, Kent. Photo: Nathaniel Noir / Alamy Stock Photo

Number of NHS doctors looking to retire early doubles

4 May 2021

The number of UK doctors considering leaving the NHS early has more than doubled in 10 months, according to the British Medical Association.

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10 reasons to consider judicial mediation in an employment tribunal

4 May 2021

Alan Lewis highlights some of the benefits judicial mediation can bring to the employment tribunal process.

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Home secretary Priti Patel

High Court to probe PM’s decision not to sack Patel

28 Apr 2021

The High Court will examine Boris Johnson’s decision that home secretary Priti Patel did not break Whitehall rules, following widespread allegations of bullying.

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Three in five jobcentre staff feel office is unsafe

19 Apr 2021

A Public and Commercial Services union survey finds only 21% of Jobcentre Plus staff would feel safe dealing with benefits claimants face-to-face.

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Court of Appeal rules foster carers can unionise

16 Apr 2021

Foster carers are “workers” and have the right to unionise, according to a ruling today by the Court of Appeal....

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