Employee Relations

Index here items on employee and industrial relations, the employment relationship, conflict and mediation, industrial action and strikes, trade unions, trade union recognition and negotiation, collective bargaining and whistleblowing.

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    Holiday headaches

    Questions about holiday entitlement are becoming increasingly frequent on the IPD’s legal helpline. This is mainly because new legislation has increased employment rights in this area. While some of the questions can...

    Better fewer, but better

    The former French prime minister, Michel Rocard, has called for a 31-hour working week across Europe. The controversial comments from the chair of the committee on social affairs came at a time when France is already trying...

    French employers against 35-hour week

    More than 20,000 business leaders rallied in Paris last week in a show of anger over government plans to reduce the maximum working week from 39 to 35 hours, while at the same time thousands of workers took part in marches...

    Firms give working time regulations the thumbs-up

    Businesses believe that the working time regulations benefit their employees and are the best way to ensure that workers get a fair deal, an IPD survey has revealed. But while most companies have been forced to make changes...

    More working time exemptions

    Stephen Byers, the trade and industry secretary, has announced that the new guidelines, expected to be published soon, will make it clear that many more types of employee than just directors, executives and so-called “autonomous...

    Working time

    The main purpose of the European working time directive was to protect workers’ safety and health and not directly to improve businesses’ productivity, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled in a...

    Implementing the Working Time Regulations: A Practical Guide

    Publisher Engineering Employers’ Federation (0171 222 7777) Price £50 ISBN 0 901 700 78 9 With the working time regulations due to be implemented in the UK on 1 October, this report aims to help employers through...

    A ripping yarn

    Twenty years ago it all seemed so simple. Managers sat in their ivory towers and decided what people were paid. Employees, bereft of their unions, humbly accepted. Of course, employee reward was never quite like that. But...

    AHRI: Men at work

    There's something going on in the lives of men, and for many it’s causing stress, sometimes leading down a dark path to depression and anxiety. It’s the question of how to be a good father, husband and worker all at once...