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Employee Relations

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. In addition, the team provides guidance notes - including sample letters - for the most common issues facing employers. 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.  

Key Employee Relations Areas

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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Holiday Pay Guidance

(PDF, 235 kB)
Published 12 Nov 2019

ECA Employee Relations - Key Employment Data

(PDF, 229 kB)

Updated Sept 2019

Published 23 Sep 2019Last reviewed 23 Sep 2019

Guidance on what to do if your employee is accused or convicted of a crime

(PDF, 198 kB)

The following guidance explains what employers should consider when faced with an employee accused of or convicted of a crime.

Published 17 Sep 2019

Social Value Guidance

(PDF, 310 kB)

The following Guide aims to give ECA Members a better idea of what is meant by social value, the potential implications for winning and performing work, and measures they can take to maximise and demonstrate their ability to deliver socially valuable outcomes.

Published 29 Jul 2019

Guidance on Criminal Records Checking in the Construction Industry

(PDF, 158 kB)
Published 25 Jul 2019Last reviewed 25 Jul 2019

18th Edition: ECS requirements and employer obligations

(PDF, 217 kB)

ECA has been receiving questions from members about ECS rules and their wider legal obligations as employers in connection with BS7671: 2018 (“the 18th Edition”). The following Q&As aim to answer the most common of these.

Published 05 Jul 2019Last reviewed 05 Jul 2019

FSA Apprenticeship Offer Letter

(PDF, 91 kB)
Published 15 Apr 2019Last reviewed 15 Apr 2019

FSA Apprenticeship Template Contract

(PDF, 241 kB)
Published 15 Apr 2019Last reviewed 15 Apr 2019

FSA Apprenticeship Assessment Form

(PDF, 160 kB)
Published 15 Apr 2019Last reviewed 15 Apr 2019

FSA Apprenticeship Employment Application Form

(PDF, 37 kB)
Published 15 Apr 2019Last reviewed 15 Apr 2019

FSA Apprenticeship Employee next of kin and bank details

(PDF, 65 kB)
Published 15 Apr 2019Last reviewed 15 Apr 2019

Employment Status Guidance - Feb 2019

(PDF, 1.1 MB)
Published 15 Jan 2019Last reviewed 15 Jan 2019

Adverse Weather Conditions Guidance

(PDF, 152 kB)
Published 01 Mar 2018Last reviewed 01 Mar 2018

Major employment related court decisions of summer 2017

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

Guide to managing ill health

(PDF, 419 kB)
Published 02 May 2017

Guide to Redundancy

(PDF, 555 kB)
Published 26 Apr 2017

Guide to living without the default retirement age

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Collective Redundancy Consultation

(PDF, 505 kB)Download

Guide to Shared Parental Leave

(PDF, 377 kB)Download

Guide to agency workers regulations (Oct 2011)

(PDF, 186 kB)Download

Guide to managing discipline

(PDF, 877 kB)Download

Guide to managing Grievance

(PDF, 336 kB)Download

Holiday pay changes - Important Notification for JIB employers

(PDF, 678 kB)Download

TUPE Guidance

(PDF, 625 kB)Download

NJC Promulgations 2.18 for 2019 and 2020

(PDF, 134 kB)

2019-20 Review of The EEI Staff Salary Agreement


Guidance on Taxation of JIB Allowance - 2019

(PDF, 714 kB)Download

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

(PDF, 199 kB)Download

Staff Salary Agreement

(PDF, 446 kB)Download

Equality Guidance

(PDF, 269 kB)Download
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.

Holiday Pay

12 Jan 2017

A number of requests have been received by the ECA Employee Relations department from members regarding developments on holiday pay.

Daywork Rates

12 Jan 2017

Daywork rates are the basic cost to employers from hiring specific electrical workers and then using those workers on unplanned works with certain contractual arrangements.

Changes to JIB wages and Travel payments

Changes to JIB wages and Travel payments

15 Dec 2016

Members are reminded of the changes to the JIB wages and allowances coming into effect from Monday 2nd January 2017, including a change in the method of calculating travel payments as well as increases in wage rates.

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