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 687 contains a case report concerning workers’ rights under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010. There are also details of the Government consultation on its proposal to extend the ban on the use of exclusivity clauses to those earning less than the Lower Earnings Limit (currently £120 per week); an update to our COVID-19 employment law and workforce FAQs; an update of the Department for Work and Pensions guide on recruiting and managing people with a disability or health condition following the effects of the pandemic; the Government Equalities Office webpage on gender pay gap reporting information (with the deadline being 30 March), plus the employment law timetable and a reminder about this year’s annual employment law update event, which will take place via Zoom on 22 April.

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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