UK: New reporting requirements on employee engagement and executive pay
13 Jun 2018
The Government has tabled legislation imposing new reporting requirements on large companies regarding how they engage with their employees and what they pay their chief executive. Helpfully, the Business Department has also issued some guidance explaining the changes. In short: …. [more]


UK: “Sweetheart” union forcibly derecognised at Boots
12 Jun 2018
Trade union the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has succeeded in its attempt to force derecognition of a rival “sweetheart” union by retailer Boots, in the first case of its kind in the UK. UK law allows employees to seek derecognition of a trade union recognised by their …. [more]


Continental bans use of WhatsApp and Snapchat on company devices
6 June 2018
German car parts supplier Continental is banning the use of WhatsApp and Snapchat on work-issued mobile devices with immediate effect because of concerns over data protection. It said the social media apps had deficiencies, in particular, their insistence on having access to a user’s contact list, …. [more]


UK trade union membership rises slightly….
4 June 2018
The number of trade union members in the UK rose slightly in 2017, by 19,000 to around 6.2 million. All of this increase was in the private sector, where membership rose by 70,000 to 2.7 million. But with growth in the workforce, trade union density fell from 23.5% in 2016 to 23.2% in …. [more]


…. While labour disputes hit all-time low
4 June 2018
Official figures for labour disputes in the UK in 2017 show that the number of strikes (79) was the lowest since records began in 1891. The number of workers involved also fell to an all-time low of 33,000. The number of working days lost due to strike action was 276,000, the sixth lowest annual …. [more]