This Code aims to help employers, employees and their representatives by setting out key principles for handling disciplinary and grievance issues in the workplace. The Code will be taken into account by employment tribunals when considering relevant cases and awards made by tribunals. Awards may be adjusted by up to 25% for unreasonable failure to comply with any provision of the Code.
This code aims to give practical guidance on the information to be disclosed by employers to trade union representatives ion accordance with sections 181 and 182 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
The general purpose of the statutory provisions and this Code of Practice is to aid and improve the effectiveness of relationships between employers and trade unions. Employers and unions have a joint responsibility to ensure that agreed arrangements work to mutual advantage by specifying how reasonable time off for union duties and activities and for training will work. This may be particularly important in the case of Union Learning Representatives where the lack of such an understanding may result in duplication of functions concerning employees’ training needs.
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