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.

COVID-19 employment law FAQs

The COVID-19 employment law FAQs have now been updated following the publication of new Government guidance on 1 April 2022.

Latest advisory bulletin

Advisory Bulletin 709 contains updated FAQs on industrial action and information on the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill, along with a case report on unfair dismissal relating to Covid-19 and health and safety. It includes information on two government consultations, one based on proposed changes to holiday entitlement for part-year and irregular hours workers following the Brazel case and one relating to a proposed code of practice on dismissal and re-engagement. Finally, there is advance notice of the next LGA annual employment law update event on 25 April 2023 and 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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