LRD Booklets November 2016

Using information and consultation rights - a union rep's guide


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Introduction

Introduction
 [pages 5-6] (652 words)

For more than ten years the UK has had regulations on the statute book through which employees and their representatives can require employers to ...
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Chapter 1

1. Information and consultation – pluses and minuses
 [ch: 1 pages 7-11] (1,751 words)

The ICE regulations potentially provide employees and/or employee representatives with additional rights to be informed and consulted over a wider ...
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Chapter 2

2. The ICE regulations and who is covered
 [ch 2: page 12] (228 words)

The purpose of the ICE regulations is to establish machinery for information and consultation in undertakings with 50 or more employees. ICE ...
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Where the regulations apply
 [ch 2: page 12] (194 words)

Undertaking
 [ch 2: page 12] (244 words)

Undertaking too broad
 [ch 2: pages 12-13] (271 words)

Undertaking challenged
 [ch 2: page 13] (245 words)

Who the regulations cover
 [ch 2: pages 14-15] (207 words)

Restrictions on contracting out
 [ch 2: page 15] (155 words)

Regulations referred to in Chapter 2
 [ch 2: page 15] (89 words)

Chapter 3

3. How the ICE regulations are supposed to operate
 [ch 3: page 16] (129 words)

This chapter sets out briefly the sequence of events that could lead to a functioning ICE agreement. It also flags up points to consider and problems ...
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Employee ICE initiative
 [ch 3: pages 16-17] (420 words)

Employer ICE initiative
 [ch 3: page 17] (79 words)

Negotiations to conclude an agreement
 [ch 3: page 17] (241 words)

Putting a negotiated ICE agreement into practice
 [ch 3: page 18] (223 words)

Enforceability
 [ch 3: page 18] (86 words)

Chapter 4

4. Starting the ICE process
 [ch 4: page 19] (58 words)

Problems can easily arise at the start of the ICE process, with an employee ICE request or an employer notification. In particular it can be ...
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Employee data
 [ch 4: pages 19-20] (454 words)

Data complaints rejected
 [ch 4: page 20] (281 words)

Fragmentation justifies more detailed data request
 [ch 4: pages 20-21] (230 words)

Who can make a data request
 [ch 4: page 21] (239 words)

The 10% trigger
 [ch 4: page 22] (164 words)

Submitting the employee request
 [ch 4: page 22] (332 words)

What happens following a valid employee request
 [ch 4: page 23] (278 words)

Employer ICE notification
 [ch 4: pages 23-24] (210 words)

Regulations referred to in Chapter 4
 [ch 4: page 24] (57 words)

Chapter 5

5. Pre-existing agreements and restrictions
 [ch 5: page 25] (59 words)

An employee ICE request may run into difficulties if there is a pre-existing arrangement for informing and consulting employees, or if the ICE ...
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Pre-existing agreements
 [ch 5: pages 25-26] (507 words)

Using a pre-existing agreement to block an ICE request
 [ch 5: pages 26-27] (525 words)

Challenging a ballot where there is a pre-existing agreement
 [ch 5: pages 27-28] (432 words)

Pre-existing agreement ballot time limit exceeded
 [ch 5: pages 28-29] (264 words)

Pre-existing agreement claim rejected
 [ch 5: page 29] (227 words)

Three-year restrictions where the ICE process has been used
 [ch 5: pages 29-30] (294 words)

Regulations referred to in Chapter 5
 [ch 5: page 30] (138 words)

Chapter 6

6. The negotiating process
 [ch 6: page 31] (62 words)

Following a valid employee ICE request or employer notification, negotiations with appointed or elected “negotiating representatives” should ...
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Getting started
 [ch 6: page 31] (122 words)

Negotiating representatives
 [ch 6: pages 31-32] (397 words)

Voting arrangements “fall short”
 [ch 6: page 32] (228 words)

Negotiating for groups of undertakings or parts of the undertaking
 [ch 6: page 33] (201 words)

Negotiating time limits
 [ch 6: pages 33-34] (316 words)

Reaching a negotiated agreement
 [ch 6: page 34] (169 words)

Failure to appoint or elect reps
 [ch 6: pages 34-35] (220 words)

Failure to negotiate
 [ch 6: pages 34-35] (254 words)

Regulations referred to in Chapter 6
 [ch 6: page 35] (111 words)

Chapter 7

7. The standard provisions
 [ch 7: page 36] (159 words)

ICE arrangements come in two formats, “standard” or “negotiated”. The presumption is that, whether the process is started by the employer or ...
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Information
 [ch 7: page 36] (215 words)

Suggested information on activities and economic situation
 [ch 7: page 37] (191 words)

Suggested information on employment
 [ch 7: page 37] (111 words)

Suggested information on work organisation and contracts
 [ch 7: pages 37-38] (171 words)

Timely information
 [ch 7: page 38] (193 words)

Consultation
 [ch 7: pages 38-39] (397 words)

When and where the standard provisions apply
 [ch 7: pages 39-40] (260 words)

Information and consultation representatives
 [ch 7: pages 40-41] (602 words)

Time off and training
 [ch 7: pages 41-42] (237 words)

Regulations referred to in Chapter 7
 [ch 7: page 42] (73 words)

Chapter 8

8. Negotiated information and consultation agreements
 [ch 8: page 43] (244 words)

The regulations are written on the basis that an employee request or employer notification will lead to negotiations and conclude with a negotiated ...
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What negotiated agreements must provide for
 [ch 8: pages 43-44] (474 words)

How consultation should be organised
 [ch 8: pages 45-46] (710 words)

ICE reps or direct consultation?
 [ch 8: pages 46-47] (211 words)

Direct consultation
 [ch 8: page 47] (167 words)

Model ICE agreement in the print sector
 [ch 8: pages 47-49] (460 words)

Regulations referred to in Chapter 8
 [ch 8: page 49] (44 words)

Chapter 9

9. Confidentiality and protection
 [ch 9: page 50] (120 words)

Employers may have concerns about disclosing confidential information in the course of informing and consulting employees. Reps and employees may ...
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Confidential information
 [ch 9: pages 50-51] (538 words)

Consequences of disclosing confidential information
 [ch 9: pages 51-52] (238 words)

Non-disclosure
 [ch 9: page 52] (165 words)

Protection
 [ch 9: pages 52-53] (465 words)

Regulations referred to in Chapter 9
 [ch 9: page 53] (64 words)

Chapter 10

10. Enforcement
 [ch 10: page 54] (126 words)

Complaints about the operation of the regulations can be made at many points in the proceedings, as previous chapters have shown. That can be done ...
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Informal channels
 [ch 10: page 54] (201 words)

Formal proceedings
 [ch 10: pages 54-55] (496 words)

Employer’s failure to comply with an agreement or the standard provisions
 [ch 10: pages 56-57] (689 words)

Penalties
 [ch 10: pages 57-58] (247 words)

Tribunals and Early Conciliation
 [ch 10: page 58] (200 words)

Regulations referred to in Chapter 10
 [ch 10: page 58] (63 words)

Chapter 11

11. ICE arrangements in practice
 [ch 11: page 59] (53 words)

If properly applied, ICE arrangements should result in employees and their representatives knowing about and being given an opportunity to influence ...
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Workplace conditions
 [ch 11: page 59] (131 words)

Challenging employment policy changes
 [ch 11: pages 59-60] (390 words)

ICE bodies and unions
 [ch 11: pages 60-61] (550 words)

Chapter 12

12. Other information and consultation rights
 [ch 12: page 62] (165 words)

The ICE regulations are not the only legally enforceable information and consultation rights available, although they are the most general. Like the ...
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Regulatory overlap
 [ch 12: pages 62-63] (436 words)

Confusion over consultation
 [ch 12: page 63] (89 words)

Consultation over collective redundancies
 [ch 12: pages 63-64] (521 words)

Consultative committee had insufficient powers
 [ch 12: page 65] (94 words)

Consultation over a business transfer (TUPE)
 [ch 12: page 65-66] (484 words)

Consultation on pension scheme changes
 [ch 12: pages 66-67] (295 words)

Information for collective bargaining purposes
 [ch 12: pages 67-68] (259 words)

Health and safety consultation
 [ch 12: pages 68-69] (419 words)

European Works Councils
 [ch 12: pages 69-70] (346 words)

Other European information and consultation rights
 [ch 12: page 70] (51 words)

Further information

Further information
 (320 words)

* Law at Work 2016 (www.lrdpublications.org.uk/publications.php?pub=BK&iss=1827)
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