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 715 contains a case report on the EAT decision in Higgs v Farmor’s School, which sets out useful guidance for employers who are dealing with a situation which requires a balance to be struck between the rights to freedom of belief and expression of one individual and the rights of others who may be affected by the views expressed. 

In other news, we provide details of the Acas consultation on a revised statutory Code of Practice on flexible working requests; the quashing of the legislation that ended the ban on employment businesses from providing agency workers to cover striking workers; an update on the protection from redundancy provisions; the passing of the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023 and a note on the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023 and set out the employment law timetable. 

Consultation on the Acas draft Code of Practice on handling flexible working requests

Acas is consulting on an updated statutory Code of Practice on handling requests for flexible working. This is being done in anticipation of the changes to the statutory flexible working request regime being introduced under the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 and associated legislation. We have prepared details of the consultation and how to contribute.

Industrial Action advice

Our industrial action FAQs address some of the most common issues that employers have to deal with when managing the issue of industrial action. Further information is also available in our industrial action guide.

COVID-19 employment law FAQs

The COVID-19 employment law FAQs were updated following the publication of Government guidance on 1 April 2022.


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