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[cover image][87 pages] November 2015
Monitoring and surveillance at work - a practical guide for trade union reps
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Traditional forms of workplace monitoring are increasingly being supplemented by surveillance practices utilising new forms of technology. This is providing continued opportunity and temptation for employers to engage in either overt or covert surveillance of their staff. Surveillance and monitoring in the workplace causes particular concerns for workers when the information obtained is used for disciplinary or performance management purposes. This booklet summarises the key legislation and case law covering privacy at work and brings reps up to date with union activity to combat invasion of privacy in the workplace.[More ...]

[cover image][79 pages] October 2015
Bullying and harassment at work - a guide for trade union reps
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Bullying and harassment are workplace hazards which have grown steadily over recent years to become a top concern for trade union reps. Bullying thrives in conditions of uncertainty and the current financial climate and job insecurity is making people fearful of standing up to the problem. This updated LRD guide provides trade union reps with examples of best practice and practical guidance on what they can do to prevent bullying and harassment in the workplace, how they can confront problems, and how they can best provide support and representation for members who have been bullied and/or harassed.[More ...]

[cover image][88 pages] September 2015
Disciplinary and grievance procedures - a practical guide for trade union reps
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This LRD booklet provides practical advice and support for union reps or members who are facing a disciplinary or considering whether to lodge a grievance at work. The work of union reps in advising and representing members in formal hearings has never been more important. Their informed input can affect the outcome of proceedings for members facing dismissal or other sanctions. Union reps also play an important wider role, making sure employers follow policies openly, consistently and fairly, and helping to develop improvements when the disciplinary or grievance process highlights problems.[More ...]

[cover image][48 pages] August 2015
Working from home - a negotiator's guide for trade union reps
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Homeworking is on the increase and the new legal right to ask to work from home is likely to fuel further demand. However, it remains a contentious issue for many employers who fear they will lose control of their staff. Also, without proper support homeworkers may feel cut off and isolated. This LRD guide looks at how trade unions can play a key role in establishing successful homeworking arrangements that benefit both the worker and the employer.[More ...]

[cover image][208 pages] July 2015
Health and safety law 2015
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This new edition of the Labour Research Department‘s annual guide to health and safety law has been updated to include all the latest legal and other developments in health and safety over the past year. It covers new regulations, HSE guidance, significant court cases and the implications of new legislation. Written with union negotiators and safety reps in mind, Health and Safety Law 2015 is an essential tool for reps and full-time trade union officials to use when negotiating with employers to ensure that workers are fully protected while at work.[More ...]

[cover image][72 pages] June 2015
Sickness absence and sick pay - a guide for trade union reps
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A worker’s ability to maintain regular income during periods of absence from work due to sickness or disability is a key employment right. However, sickness absence can lead to dismissal, even when there is medical evidence of ill health or disability. For these reasons protection for employees unable to work for health-related reasons remains high on the union agenda in the workplace. This LRD guide examines the challenges faced by union reps when negotiating sickness absence procedures, sick pay, and when representing members.[More ...]

[cover image][438 pages] May 2015
Law at Work 2015
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The 2015 edition of Law at Work has been completely revised and updated to include all new and current employment legislation and the most up-to-date case law examples. Law at Work 2015 clearly explains the key areas of employment law enabling reps and individuals to identify their legal rights, and unlike most other publications on employment law, it examines the law from the perspective of trade unions and workers.[More ...]

[cover image][88 pages] March 2015
State benefits and tax credits 2015
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Trade unions can play an important role in helping their members claim the benefits to which they are entitled. Thousands of low-paid workers are unaware of their entitlements and subsequently these are not taken up. As such, it is crucial for union reps to be aware of the latest reforms in order to give accurate initial advice. This guide is designed for that purpose. It includes details of the extensive and ongoing welfare reform changes introduced by the coalition government and explains how Universal Credit and the Benefit Cap work. It also covers Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit, parental pay and leave, benefits relating to housing, sickness and injury at work and state pension entitlements.[More ...]

[cover image][72 pages] February 2015
Pay: getting it right - bargaining information for union reps
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While trade unions have stepped up campaigns and collective action to secure pay rises over the last year, in some cases union representatives face the challenge of simply ensuring that workers receive what they should be entitled to from their employers. This booklet provides trade union members and reps with the key information they need when dealing with pay-related issues, whether enforcing statutory rights or negotiating pay increases.[More ...]

[cover image][104 pages] January 2015
Case law at work - 11th edition
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This is the 11th edition of Case Law at Work, the Labour Research Department's unique source of information on recent employment law cases. It contains clear and concise summaries of employment tribunal cases and updates of important cases decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal, many of which are not contained in other legal guides.[More ...]
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