The Employment Relations Unit (ERU) provides comprehensive advice on all aspects of employment relations and practices. Our employment law and policy advisers keep authorities up-to-date on the human resources implications of new legislation and case law developments.
Latest advisory bulletin
Advisory Bulletin 688 contains important information on the revocation of the £95,000 cap on exit payments for public sector workers and two case reports involving race discrimination and duties to consult employee representatives in the event of collective redundancies. There are updates to our COVID-19 employment law and workforce FAQs and information from the Information Commissioner’s Office on recording of employee vaccine status information. There is news that the Government Equalities Office has effectively postponed the obligation to submit gender pay gap reporting information from 30 March until 5 October 2021 and the government’s view on the steps an employer should take to assist employees subject to domestic violence, plus the employment law timetable and a reminder about this year’s annual LGA employment law update event, which will take place via Zoom on 22 April.
Latest - exit payments cap and reform
The legislation implementing the £95k cap on exit payments came into force on 4 November 2020. However, on 12 February 2021 HM Treasury published a Treasury Direction disapplying the cap with immediate effect, along with guidance on how exit payments which were capped during the period when it was in force should now be handled. The Direction states that it does not apply to devolved Welsh authorities, however, we understand the Welsh Government will make a statement shortly to the effect that the disapplication also applies to devolved Welsh authorities. Further information on the cap and its disapplication is on our exit pay reform webpage.
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