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 686 contains an equal pay case dealing with the Material Factor defence, an update on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and further advice on the £95K exit payment cap. It also contains information on the new statutory rates for the National Minimum Wage, Statutory Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Pay and Statutory Sick Pay to take effect in April 2021, as well as an update on the Criminal Record Disclosure regime, a consultation on reforming non-compete clauses in employment contracts and the employment law timetable. Finally, a change to the advertised date of the LGA Annual Employment Law Update event from 11 February 2021 to 22 April 2021.

Latest - exit payments cap and reform

The legislation implementing the £95k cap on exit payments came into force on 4 November 2020.  The Guidance and Directions that accompany the legislation has also been published and that sets out the associated processes including the use of waivers. Separately MHCLG has launched a consultation on the necessary amendments to the LGPS to accommodate the cap (and further reforms to local government redundancy provisions). Those changes will not be in place until early next year and we have set out information for local authorities on steps they may want to consider in the period between the cap coming into force and the LGPS amendments taking place.

That information is on our exit pay reform webpage along with full details of the changes.

We will provide further information when more is available.

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