Employers have a duty to inform and consult their employees in certain prescribed circumstances such as collective redundancies, business transfers and health and safety matters.

Employers and employees may meet their obligations by means of existing agreements on information and consultation.

Employers are also required to consult with individual employees in relation to dismissals.

This topic explains both the legal requirements and the business benefits of good consultation and how this applies to health and safety matters, collective redundancies, business transfers and pension rights.

The legal procedures involved are explained and the consequences of a failure to properly consult are considered.

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