Trade union blacklists: what are your rights?

How do I find out if my name is on the blacklist? If you suspect that you may have been blacklisted, it may be worth calling the Information Commissioner. They will take your details and check them against the list.… Read on

Trade Union Act 2016: what is it?

On 1 March 2017 the groundbreaking Trade Union Act 2016 came into force. But what are its main provisions? What changes will it entail? Highlights of the new legislation include: 50% ballot participation threshold 40% “important public services” ballot support… Read on

Snow: lift to work in a 4×4 compulsory?

Weather conditions are notoriously extreme on the roads approaching HMP Dartmoor. The prison has a detailed adverse weather policy, which requires employees to gather up at a pick-up point, at a local supermarket, when conditions are poor. In January 2013,… Read on

What are strikes?

A strike is a form of industrial action intended to put pressure on an employer to improve working terms or conditions for employees who are members of the union. In certain circumstances strike action can be protected, and in these… Read on

What is a trade union?

A trade union is any organisation of workers whose main purpose is to organise arrangements between the workers and their employers, for instance their conditions or terms of employment. To be able to organise a strike, trade unions must meet… Read on

Five things you MUST do when making someone redundant

Are you a business owner facing the difficult decision of employee redundancy? If so, here are five fundamental things to consider: You must warn those employees whose jobs are at risk of redundancy. You must consult with staff who have… Read on

Duty to consult in redundancy cases is significantly extended

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has issued a decision which represents a significant extension of the duty to carry out collective consultation in redundancy cases. Where an employer is considering making 20 or more redundancies, there is a duty to… Read on