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[cover image][80 pages] November 2017
TUPE - a union rep’s guide to using the law
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The transfer of undertakings is a key area of concern for trade unions. When a service is outsourced or a business changes hands, reps and negotiators need a thorough understanding of the TUPE regulations and the protections they provide. Although TUPE protections were scaled down in 2014, through the Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations, the TUPE regulations still provide important safeguards, especially relating to key representation rights for union reps and negotiators. This updated booklet aims to support union members, reps and negotiators by explaining the complexities of TUPE, the new regulations and the latest case law.[More ...]
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[cover image][48 pages] October 2017
Drug and alcohol policies at work - a guide for union reps
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Union reps need to understand the issues relating to drugs and alcohol at work, particularly as many employers with drug and alcohol policies will use them in disciplinary cases against individual workers. This new guide provides reps and negotiators with positive and effective examples of union action and intervention, using the law and good practice. It explains the law together with government guidance on drugs and alcohol at work and examines employers’ policies, especially around disciplinary procedures and testing, as well as looking at rehabilitation and support for affected workers.[More ...]

[cover image][76 pages] September 2017
Taking industrial action - a legal guide
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UK laws on industrial action were already some of the most restrictive in the developed world before the draconian Trade Union Act 2016 came into force. On 1 March 2017 that Act, described by the TUC as “the most serious attack on the rights of trade unions and their members in a generation”, introduced an extra layer of restrictions on balloting, notice and picketing. This booklet aims to help union reps and negotiators understand the restrictions, navigate them and discover what they can do within those confines. It also looks at other types of action unions are taking to meet their objectives in helping members improve their pay and conditions when a dispute arises.[More ...]
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[cover image][64 pages] August 2017
Time off for trade union duties and activities - a guide to facility time
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Union facility time is vital if union reps are to support their members effectively. But it has faced consistent government attack over the past seven years. The Trade Union Act 2016 contains even more restrictions, albeit currently targeting only public sector facility time. This fully updated booklet explains the legal rights of each category of workplace rep, with cases and examples throughout, as well as the new legal reporting duties placed on public sector employers. It includes best practice examples of negotiated agreements and illustrates some of the practical steps being taken by unions and their reps to best protect these rights, now and for the future. [More ...]

[cover image][216 pages] July 2017
Health and safety law 2017
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The 2017 edition of Health and Safety Law has been published at a time of considerable uncertainty, with the general election resulting in a hung parliament and Brexit negotiations just underway. This new edition of the Labour Research Department‘s annual guide to health and safety law has been updated to include these and other important developments. It covers new regulations, significant court cases, the implications of new legislation and provides guidance from the Health and Safety Executive, TUC and trade unions. Health and Safety Law 2017 is an essential tool for union reps, safety reps and union officials to use in their negotiations with employers.[More ...]

[cover image][526 pages] May 2017
Law at Work 2017
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The 2017 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 2017 clearly explains the key areas of employment law, enabling reps and individuals to identify their legal rights. Unlike most other publications on employment law, it examines the law from the perspective of trade unions and workers.[More ...]

[cover image][101 pages] April 2017
State benefits and tax credits 2017
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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 Tory 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][56 pages] March 2017
Promoting race equality at work - a union rep's guide
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Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people continue to face significant barriers at work. They are more likely to be unemployed than white people and less likely to be employed in good, permanent jobs, and they are often also subject to racist abuse and harassment. The massive drop in claims due to the introduction of tribunal fees and a rise in hate crimes makes it more important than ever for union reps to take up race equality issues in the workplace. Written from a trade union perspective, this booklet sets out important legal developments in this area. It also explains how to negotiate agreements to reduce inequality and promote diversity, together with practical examples of how unions are combatting racial harassment, bullying and abuse. [More ...]

[cover image][64 pages] February 2017
Protecting workers from violence and abuse - a union rep's guide
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The UK has some of the highest levels of work-related violence in Europe and while the workers most at risk are those in contact with people from outside their organisation, violence and abuse can happen in any workplace. Union reps and safety reps have a key role to play in ensuring that employers provide suitable levels of protection for their workers. This LRD booklet provides practical guidance on how to prevent or reduce work-related violence and abuse, as well as giving advice on what action to take when it does occur. Crucially, it explains how reps can use the law to persuade employers to take action to prevent violence at work. This booklet also provides practical examples showing how unions and reps across a range of sectors and in a variety of workplaces have tackled workplace violence and abuse.[More ...]

[cover image][127 pages] January 2017
Case law at work - 13th edition
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This is the 13th edition of Case Law at Work, the LRD’s key source of information on recent employment law cases. It contains clear summaries and updates of important cases decided by the appeal courts, many of which are not contained in other legal guides.[More ...]
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