Legislation Update - March 2010

    March 2010

    THE NEW TRADE UNIONIST BLACKLISTING REGULATIONS - A STEP INTO THE DARK?

    The Employment Relations Act 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations 2010 came into force earlier this month, borne from the discovery that 44 employers within the construction industry had been paying to use a blacklist of more than 3,000 individuals to vet individuals for employment. The blacklist included sensitive personal information, including the constructive workers' trade union activities. The Regulations make the use of such blacklists unlawful and create a new legal risk for employers to manage when dealing with industrial relations and trade union issues.