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.

Can you afford to make staff redundant?

Faced with financial pressures, reducing headcount seems the logical next step. But redundancy carries its own direct and hidden costs, and there are alternatives …

Furlough one year on: How has the job retention scheme evolved?

3 Mar 2021

As employers absorb today’s budget announcements, many will be reflecting how – this time last year – caution and concern...

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Asda restructure set to impact 5,000 jobs

25 Feb 2021

Asda begins consultations with staff as major restructure is drawn up in response to surge in online shopping.

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Ex-Arcadia Group staff seek pay-out for alleged redundancy failings

10 Feb 2021

Law firms claim the Arcadia Group did not properly consult with employees ahead of mass redundancies.

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Centrica boss: ‘firms need way to change terms and conditions’

3 Feb 2021

The boss of British Gas owner Centrica has told MPs he is ‘committed’ to reaching a settlement with the GMB...

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One in 10 threatened to be ‘fired and rehired’

25 Jan 2021

A tenth of workers have been told to re-apply for their jobs on worse terms and conditions, according to a...

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Top 10 Covid-related claims employers could face in 2021

4 Dec 2020

The Government’s furlough scheme, large-scale redundancies, safe working concerns and the rise of flexible working will have a big impact...

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‘Infodemic’ and ‘Covid myopia’ pose risks to global workforce

26 Nov 2020

Risks facing the global workforce have reached their highest level since 2016, with a growing ‘infodemic’ and mental health issues among significant challenges.

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Top 10 HR questions September 2020: Testing, Brexit and redundancy

2 Oct 2020

As the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases rose in the last month, employers have been asking questions about testing for...

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Don’t rush to make redundancies, insist key industry bodies

24 Sep 2020

Employers must “exhaust all possible alternatives” before making redundancies, a joint statement from Acas, the Confederation of British Industry and...

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Unite union: Extend furlough to avoid ‘redundancy floodgates’

16 Sep 2020

The Unite union has added to calls for the government to extend the furlough scheme beyond the end of October...

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Covid-19 and recession: Is redundancy the only option?

15 Sep 2020

With job losses never far from the headlines and the end of the furlough scheme looming, businesses are evaluating the...

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Acas: Redundancy related enquiries surge 160%

5 Aug 2020

Conciliation service Acas has experienced a marked increase in calls to its helpline on the subject of redundancy during the...

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Can remote redundancy conversations be sensitive and fair?

4 Aug 2020

With job losses continuing to hit the headlines, many employers are wrestling with the practical issues involving redundancy consultations, and...

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Furlough costs reach £32bn

29 Jul 2020

The value of claims paid from the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has reached £31.7bn, according to the latest data...

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