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In today’s world, it is essential that employers have access to reliable information on employment issues and employment law.  The ECA Employee Relations team is here to provide that help and advice for members companies.

The ECA Employee Relations team is at hand to give help and advice to member companies on employment law and good employment practice. Issues dealt with by the department cover many topics including: recruitment, dismissal and all the issues that arise during employment.  We provide this assistance, both to those who are in membership of the JIB – including representation at JIB dispute hearings – and those who are outside the JIB.  

In addition, we provide written guidance for the most common issues facing employers in managing their workforce which includes sample letters. These written guidance notes are available directly from the Employee Relations team and are also available on the 'Employment Guides' section of the website.

The Employee Relations team is responsible for working with employers’ negotiating team for both the staff agreement for the industry and the operatives’ agreement (JIB).  We also lobby on behalf of members on the impact of proposed and existing employment issues.

Employee Relations Sections

Employment Guides

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Wage Rates

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Employee Benefits

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ECA & the JIB

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BlueSky Pensions

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Employee Relations Representation

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Major employment related court decisions of summer 2017

(PDF, 850 kB)
Published 18 Sep 2017Last reviewed 18 Sep 2017

Staff Salary Agreement

(PDF, 446 kB)
Published 07 Jul 2017Last reviewed 31 Dec 2018

Guide to managing ill health

(PDF, 344 kB)
Published 02 May 2017

Guide to Redundancy

(PDF, 716 kB)
Published 26 Apr 2017

JTC Newsletter - December

(PDF, 53 kB)
Published 30 Mar 2017Last reviewed 30 Mar 2017

Holiday Pay Development 2017

(PDF, 187 kB)Download

Staff Salary Agreement

(PDF, 446 kB)Download

ECA Employee Relations - Key Employment Data

(PDF, 310 kB)

July 2016


JIB Christmas Arrangements 2016-2017

(PDF, 100 kB)Download

Equality Guidance

(PDF, 234 kB)Download

Lodging Allowance Form

(PDF, 58 kB)Download

TUPE Guidance

(PDF, 496 kB)Download

NJC Promulgation 2.16

(PDF, 206 kB)

2017-18 Review of The EEI Staff Salary Agreement


Guidance on Taxation of JIB Allowance - 2017

(PDF, 248 kB)Download

Guidance on Taxation of JIB Allowance - Jan 2014 - Dec 2016

(PDF, 137 kB)Download

Guide to living without the default retirement age

(PDF, 343 kB)Download

Amended Increases in statutory payments

(PDF, 171 kB)Download

Collective Redundancy Consultation

(PDF, 446 kB)Download

Guide to Shared Parental Leave

(PDF, 287 kB)Download

Guide to agency workers regulations (Oct 2011)

(PDF, 120 kB)Download

Guide to managing discipline

(PDF, 193 kB)Download

Guide to managing Grievance

(PDF, 154 kB)Download

Holiday pay changes - Important Notification for JIB employers

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ECA backs ECS plans to embrace 18th edition

ECA backs ECS plans to embrace 18th edition

19 Apr 2017

Plans are underway to incorporate the forthcoming 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations into the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to allow ECS cardholders to demonstrate their continuing professional development.

Focus on Mental Health in construction

Focus on Mental Health in construction

23 Feb 2017

A joint sector-wide survey held by the ECA and BESA in March and April 2016 showed that, mental health was the fourth biggest occupational health concern to building services engineering companies.

JIB pay and holiday rules for Christmas and New Year 2017/18

JIB pay and holiday rules for Christmas and New Year 2017/18

12 Jan 2017

Employees are entitled to three days bank holiday during the Christmas/New Year period, under Joint Industry Board (JIB) National Working Rule 12.