09 September 2007
On 24 July 2007, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT ) imposed a fine of GBP 55,000 (about €81,000 as at 21 August 2007) on Macmillan Publishers Ltd for failing to comply with their obligations under the UK’s Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations 2004  (*UK0502103N* ). Macmillan is thus the first company to receive a penalty notice under the new regulations, which came into effect on 6 April 2005.  http://www.employmentappeals.gov.uk/  http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2004/20043426.htm  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/employee-consultation-legislation-finalised
20 August 2007
After lengthy negotiations, the June 2007 European Council agreed that a new ‘reform treaty’ will be drawn up in place of the draft constitutional treaty rejected by referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005. An Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) was convened on 23 July 2007 to draft the new treaty, working to a mandate negotiated at the June summit.
15 July 2007
In February 2007, in the first decision of its kind, the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC ) upheld a complaint from the trade union Amicus that Macmillan Publishers Ltd was in breach of its responsibilities under the UK’s Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations 2004  (UK0502103N ) and ordered the company to hold elections for information and consultation representatives as required by the regulations’ default provisions.  http://www.cac.gov.uk/  http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2004/20043426.htm  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/employee-consultation-legislation-finalised
27 May 2007
On 29 March 2007, the Ford motor company announced its intention to close its foundry in Leamington Spa in central Warwickshire with the loss of 365 jobs. The plant will cease production on 21 July 2007. There will be no compulsory redundancies, with employees being offered the choice of early retirement, voluntary redundancy or relocation to another Ford site, as well as enhanced pay-offs if they maintain uninterrupted production until the site closes.
18 March 2007
On 14 December 2006, the Employment Relations Minister at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI ), Jim Fitzpatrick MP, laid the Flexible Working (Eligibility, Complaints and Remedies) (Amendment) Regulations 2006  before parliament for formal approval.  http://www.dti.gov.uk/  http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2006/20063314.htm
25 February 2007
On 11 December 2006, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI ) published proposals for reviewing and simplifying a range of regulations for which it is responsible, including employment law measures. The paper, entitled Better regulation: Simplification plan (516Kb PDF) , is part of a cross-government initiative to reduce the administrative burdens on businesses. The DTI estimates that the proposed simplification measures will save businesses up to GBP 700 million (about €1.06 billion as at 31 January 2007) a year. Its longer-term target is to reduce such costs by 25%.  http://www.dti.gov.uk  http://www.dti.gov.uk/files/file35872.pdf
18 February 2007
During the autumn of 2006, significant progress was made towards the merger of Amicus and the Transport and General Workers’ Union (T&G ) to form the UK’s largest trade union.  http://www.tgwu.org.uk
09 January 2007
This report focuses on the role that EWCs play in influencing the handling of transnational restructuring. It analyses EWC agreements and relevant joint texts to assess how well equipped EWCs are to address the issue of restructuring. It looks at the kind of input EWCs make in practice and highlights the factors that appear to play an important role in favouring or hindering their involvement in transnational restructuring.
08 January 2007
On 7 November 2006, the EU Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) held an extraordinary meeting to discuss the amendment of Directive 2003/88/EC  concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time  (*UK0506104F* ). The Finnish EU presidency hoped to achieve political agreement on changes to the directive, including:  http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32003L0088:EN:HTML  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/working-time  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/mixed-uk-reaction-to-developments-concerning-amendment-of-eu-working-time-legislation
10 December 2006
In September 2006, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI ) published the results of its ninth annual employment trends survey, conducted in conjunction with the Pertemps recruitment agency. The survey, carried out in May 2006, records the responses of over 500 employers across all sectors of the economy, 12% of which were public sector employers. The survey covered a range of labour market issues, including employers’ views on the operation and impact of key legislative measures. Its main findings are summarised below.  http://www.cbi.org.uk/