Euro communications laws will lead to HR revolutionOn 21 May 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The forthcoming European law on information and consultation is going tocreate a revolution in employee relations in the UK, according to the head ofHR legal at law firm DLA. From 2005, large employers will have to consult with staff before making anydecision that affects employment levels or the structure of how work isperformed. David Bradley warned delegates that employers will not be able to pay lipservice to the new legislation, with it including a requirement to providestaff representatives with detailed information over any business change. There is also an obligation to perform ‘effective’ consultation, where theaim is to reach agreement. It also has to be ‘timely’ and involve seniormanagement. Bradley believes that it will prompt many firms to set up workscouncils. “This is going to change the way we communicate with employeesforever,” he said. Punishment for breaches of the new law are likely to be based on existingEuropean Works Council legislation, which can lead to fines of up to £85,000. At the Legal Update in Euroland seminar, delegates were told there will bean exclusion clause with employers not having to consult if it would create‘serious prejudice’ against the organisation. “There are going to be a lotof big fights over what prejudice really is,” said Bradley. He warned that the TUC is campaigning for injunctive relief to be includedin the Government’s interpretation of the directive, which would allow unionsto stop firms’ decision-making processes in their tracks and force them toconsult further with the workforce. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.