Employee Relations for HR Managers

Human Resources

Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning
Class Room
Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning Fee
Face to Face Fee
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Total Fee £1600

£2360 (£1600 during the tuition waiver period)

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Course Overview

The aim of this course is to introduce learners to the importance of good employee relations for business success and the impact of changes which have affected employment relationships. Competencies required by HR professionals in designing, implementing and evaluating employment relations strategies, plans, policies, systems and procedures to mitigate organizational risk, support organisational performance and meeting the organisation's business goals will be discussed. Also, to develop the ability to make remedies to current/ potential conflict situations compliance to legal and ethical considerations.

Course Content


The concepts and processes of employment relations

  • What is employment relations?
  • Actors and interests in employment relations
  • Key concepts and perspectives
  • Employment relations processes

The dynamic context of employment relations

  • The changing political and economic environment
  • Globalisation and employment relations
  • The social context of employment relations
  • New technology and automation – changing the way we work
  • Brexit - A case study

Managing employment relations

  • Who manages employment relations?
  • What do managers do?
  • Working with, and without, unions
  • The changing roles of employers’ associations

Employment relations strategy, employee engagement and voice

  • What is strategy?
  • Employee engagement
  • Employee voice
  • A conceptual model of employee voice

Representation at work

  • Origins and development of trade unions
  • What do unions do?
  • Explaining trade union decline
  • The union response – strategies for survival, renewal and revitalisation

Equality, diversity and inclusion

  • The labor market, employment segregation and inequality
  • Labour market segregation
  • The legal context
  • The organizational rationale for equality and diversity
  • The role of HR, trade unions and line managers

Health, well-being and the employment relationship

  • Health and safety regulations
  • Mental health, stress and well-being at work
  • Well-being, equality and inclusion

The management of workplace conflict

  • Defining and conceptualizing workplace conflict
  • The legal context of conflict management
  • The management of conflict in workplace

Workplace discipline

  • Defining Discipline
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Handling disciplinary issues

Managing employee grievances

  • Perceptions of mistreatment and the escalation of grievances
  • The nature and pattern of employee grievances
  • The benefits of effective resolution
  • Handling employee grievances
  • Managing the grievance procedure

Managing redundancies

  • Defining redundancy
  • Redundancy process
  • Redundancy and the management of change
  • Managing redundancy
  • Redundancy consultation
  • Compulsory redundancy
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1. Understand the context of employee relations against a changing background

  1. Explain the employee relations theoretical perspectives of employee relations
  2. Assess the impact of environmental factors on employee relations
  3. Explain the role of employment law

2.  Be able to analyse the impact of local, national and international contextual factors on the employment relationship

  1. Explain the role of government in employee relations
  2. Assess how changes in trade unionism have affected employee relations
  3. Explain the role of management in employee relations within an organisation

3.  Understand the importance of employee relations on organisational performance

  1. Evaluate the integration of employment relations processes and their impact on organisational outcomes
  2. Explain the concept of employee participation and involvement in decision making process
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
Assessment Marking Criteria


Citizens of the following countries are eligible for a 50% scholarship upon writing a personal statement. All scholarships are to be approved by the Academic Board. The list of countries are: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Bhutan, Morocco, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Laos, Cambodia, India, Nigeria, Ghana, Bangladesh, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal and South Africa. Please talk to your student counselor and ask for the Coupon Code to get the 50% Tuition Waiver.

  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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  • Unlimited personal tutor support with online sessions
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  • Access to an online community learning forums
  • Assignment marking and feedback
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