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.


Top 10 HR questions July 2019: Spent convictions

There are limits to the circumstances in which employers can take a candidate’s past criminal convictions into account when deciding...

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Tesco worker ‘left in the dark’ about role was unfairly dismissed

5 Aug 2019

A former Tesco employee who was left in the dark about changes to her role and suspended for not accepting them was constructively and unfairly dismissed.

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Top 10 HR questions June 2019: Ex-employee grievances

2 Jul 2019

Can an employer ignore a grievance if the employee no longer works for the organisation?
The most popular FAQ on...

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Outsourcing giant faces protests over payroll upgrade

11 Apr 2019

The outsourcing company ISS faces protests today over changes to its payroll system that will see it withhold the pay...

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The Good Work Plan: how should employers prepare?

20 Feb 2019

In December 2018, the government set out the reforms it planned to introduce as part of the Good Work Plan,...

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Honda confirms 2021 closure of Swindon manufacturing plant

19 Feb 2019

Honda has confirmed that it proposes to close its manufacturing plant in Swindon in 2021, with the loss of around...

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MPs press for action over Sainsbury’s pay and contract review

22 May 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to take action over an “array of deplorable decisions” that MPs say will...

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Thomas Cook case reveals what unions must tell employers about industrial action plans

3 Jan 2018

What does a union have to tell its members and the employer about planned industrial action? Nick Chronias explains.
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“Worker by default” status proposed in new gig economy Bill

20 Nov 2017

The Work and Pensions Committee and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee have produced a draft Bill designed to...

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Will Trade Union Act minimise strikes in ‘important public services’?

25 Sep 2017

The Trade Union Act introduced rules on balloting for industrial action in important public services that set the bar high...

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Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor Review

11 Jul 2017

Any much-anticipated report is likely to divide opinion, and the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is no different. Rob...

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Employer insolvency: What lessons can be learned from Jaeger’s woes?

5 Jul 2017

Jaeger’s problems are the latest warning for employers to know their duties to staff in cases of employer insolvency. Chris...

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Top 10 HR questions May 2017: Some other substantial reason

5 Jun 2017

Perhaps the general election means that the collective HR consciousness has its mind elsewhere, or maybe it’s the effect of...

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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

2 Aug 2016

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

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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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