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Implementing information and consultation: early experience under the ICE Regulations

Mark Hall, [Sue Hutchinson], Jane Parker, John Purcell and Mike Terry

Employment Relations Research Series No 88, Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

This report  presents initial findings from case study-based research concerning the employee information and consultation (I&C) arrangements of a range of different organisations in the changed legal context established by the Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004. The research found considerable variation in the nature and operation of the case study organisations’ I&C bodies. The evidence suggests that senior managers are engaging seriously with the I&C bodies, and that some significant issues have been discussed. Reported instances of I&C bodies influencing management decisions or their implementation are sparse, and employee awareness of the existence and role of I&C bodies is low. However, there are indications that consultation practice is evolving.

The full report can be downloaded from the BERR website