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.


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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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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

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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

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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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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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