Contemporary Developments in Employee Relations

Module Description

Human resource (HR) professionals need to understand key developments in the theory and practice of employment relations, both within and beyond the immediate organisational context. This unit allows learners to build on their knowledge and experience to develop the skills required to make informed and effective judgements about existing and emerging models, processes and practices of employment relations in local and international jurisdictions. The unit is designed to encourage learners to assess and understand broader developments that influence the effective management of the employment relationship in indigenous and multinational organisations.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • LO1 Understand competing approaches that contextualise contemporary developments in employment relations.
  • LO2 Understand contemporary labour market trends and data.
  • LO3 Understand the main sources of employment relations legislation.
  • LO4 Understand the role of the parties that affect the management of employment relations.
  • LO5 Understand contemporary developments in employee involvement and participation.
  • LO6 Understand different forms of conflict behaviour and dispute resolution.

Prerequisite learning

Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content

Understand competing approaches that contextualise developments in employment relations:

The indeterminacy of employment relations systems; unitarism; pluralism; the nature of work in contemporary society; balance of power; economic and psychological contracts; wider environmental constraints.

Understand contemporary labour market trends and data:

What is the labour market?; employee and employer labour market interests; the European Union; institutions of labour market regulation; indigenous and multinational organisations; changing patterns of workforce diversity; part-time, casual and atypical forms of employment; the contested nature of labour market flexibility.

Understand the main sources of employment relations legislation.

Contract of employment; written particulars of terms and conditions; sources of law-making, including UK and EU institutions; developments in individual and collective employment rights, including trade union recognition.

Understand the role of the parties that affect the management of employment relations:

Management and management style; trade union purpose and function; union growth and decline; the role of government and government agencies, including Acas, CAC, EHRC; European and non-European employment relations systems; influences of the European Union on national employment relations practices.

Understand contemporary developments in employee involvement and participation:

Competing concepts of employee involvement, participation and partnership; regulations for employee information and consultation; union and non-union employee representation; employee voice and organisational insight; measuring and valuing organisation equity to drive sustainable organisational performance.

Understand different forms of conflict behaviour and dispute resolution:

Forms of employee conflict and misbehaviour; contemporary developments in industrial action; individual grievance-handling; collective dispute resolution; third-party conciliation, mediation and arbitration; managing potential conflict situations to achieve consensus legally and ethically.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources

Pauline Dibben, Geoffrey Wood, Gilton Klerck 2011, Employment Relations, 01 Ed., Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development [ISBN: 9781843982685]

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