Employment relations

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.

COVID-19 employment law FAQs

The COVID-19 employment law FAQs have now been updated following the publication of new Government guidance on 1 April 2022.

Latest advisory bulletin

Advisory Bulletin 703 contains a case report on the withholding of contractual sick pay where an employee takes sick leave when facing a disciplinary hearing. We also highlight the case of Ineos Infrastructure Grangemouth Limited v Jones & others, which held that imposing a pay award breached section 145B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. We will be reporting this case in full in July’s Advisory Bulletin. The bulletin also contains an update on the Special Severance Payments guidance; a reminder about the deadline for trade union facility time reporting; details of changes to the categories of healthcare professional that can certify fit notes and a report on the Government’s intention to change the current restriction on the use of agency staff during strike action, plus the employment law timetable.

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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