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.

Our services are aimed at local authority needs.

Latest advisory bulletin

Advisory Bulletin 678 contains a range of information in relation to the workforce implications of the COVID-19 pandemic including a series of frequently asked questions covering leave, sickness, isolating, redeployment and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furloughing). There is also information on the new emergency volunteer scheme and links to wider LGA advice for local government, Acas advice, plus some updates on consequential amendments to legislation and employer reporting requirements on gender pay gaps and trade union facility time, designed to assist employers concentrate their efforts on responding to the crisis. 

Gender pay gap reporting – suspension

The Government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have today issued a statement suspending enforcement for this year’s gender pay gap reporting due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Exit payments cap

In 2015 the government first announced plans to introduce a cap on exit payments in the public sector. The cap includes any pension strain cost. The cap was legislated for in the Enterprise Act 2016, which amends the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, but required secondary legislation to be introduced.

On 10 April 2019, HM Treasury opened a consultation on draft regulations, Directions and guidance to implement the exit cap. The consultation will run for 12 weeks and closes on 3 July 2019. The LGA has responded ahead of the 3 July deadline:

The document below provides a summary of the consultation and the proposed regulations for local government employers.


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