Employee Information, Consultation and The Law

Venue: Allen & Overy\'s Conference Centre

Location: London, England, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: May 14, 2002 End Date/Time: May 14, 2002
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This one-day masterclass will focus on the legal and HR implications of the new EU General Framework Directive on the Information and Consultation of Employees. After three years of often heated debate, an agreement was finally reached on this measure during December 2001. Once fully incorporated into national legislation, it will require all businesses employing over 50 people to introduce local works councils, or equivalent communication processes, in order to give employees a voice in all major decisions affecting their organisation. For medium to large enterprises across the EU, these legal obligations must come into force within the next three years.
Run in association with international law firm Allen & Overy, the event will be an invaluable opportunity to learn about this important reform from their team of employment specialists across Europe. The masterclass additionally brings together practical insights from the CAC* to consider the statutory trade union regime in the UK and from senior HR professionals who have gained direct experience of establishing and operating works councils at a national level.

Delegates will be encouraged to interact with the speakers and with each other to clarify the points being made and apply them to situations drawn from their own experience. Copies of papers and Powerpoint slides will be made available to participants either during the masterclass or afterwards via our password-protected eLearning website.

The Federation of European Employers has long been at the forefront of developments in this field. In 1994/5 we were funded by the European Commission to carry out extensive consultations with UK employers on the development of Article 13 agreements under the 1994 European Works Council Directive.

Significance for US-owned enterprises
For many companies operating in the USA, the scope for information and consultation has been widened substantially by the recent decision of the National Labor Relations Board in the case of Crown Cork & Seal Co. In the past, companies in the US were generally unable to form employee-participation committees because such bodies were considered under the NLRA to be labor organisations that it was unlawful for employers to 'dominate or interfere with'. Now this limitation has been relaxed and it is likely that there will be a consequent increase in shared governance approaches within the American workplace. This change will be spilling over into US-owned enterprises across Europe just at the time when the new EU Framework Directive is coming into force.

*CAC: The UK body that adjudicates on statutory recognition and derecognition of trade unions for collective bargaining purposes.


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