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.

Latest advisory bulletin

Advisory Bulletin 696 contains a case report on making direct offers to employees where collective bargaining has stalled and two cases concerning the definition of working time: one in respect of on-call time near the workplace and the other in respect of external training required by the employer. It also includes information on the HSE’s Working Minds campaign; Acas guidance on changing contracts; next year’s National Minimum Wage rates and the latest ONS report on the gender pay gap, 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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