What is ‘Employee Relations’?

and what’s the difference between employee relations and employment law?

Very simply, the term ’employee relations’ usually refers to how a business manages the relationship between staff and management.  A business with a good ER focus provides fair and consistent treatment which produces a positive and committed attitude to work.  Crucially, businesses with good ER are far more likely to nip any potential misunderstandings or disagreements in the bud and address them before they become problems.

A clear long term ER strategy will pre-empt any likely problems and help you to avoid them in the first place.  This could include things such as working out clear policies in relation to salaries and salary increases and bonuses, staff benefits, holiday timetabling, working conditions, and the increasingly important issue (both legally and in practice) of work-life balance.  Happy employees are productive employees and good ER ensures the most effective use of staff thereby giving your business a competitive edge.

Employment law is the area of law regulating the relationship between employers and employees. This includes what employers can expect from employees, what employers can ask employees to do, and employees’ rights at work. This area can also include the relationship between interns and workers.  While most employers are aware that the employment contract covers some of this, did you know that there is a whole body of statutory law (law which is made my parliament) which also governs the employer/employee relationship?  I can help you with this, including: the checks and processes involved in recruitment; the terms and conditions of employment, work, or internship; data protection; holidays, working hours and pay; health and safety regulations; maternity and parental rights including flexible working; discrimination; discipline, grievance and dismissal procedures; whistleblowing; social media use inside and outside work; employment tribunals; TUPE; and redundancy.

Why not drop me a line if you’d like to chat about any of this?


Author: marydonne

Training, Coaching, and HR Specialist.

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