What is an employment relationship problem?
An employment relationship problem includes personal grievances, disputes, and any other problem which may arise in an employment relationship.
It can include disputes between:
- employer and employee
- a union and its members
- unions in the workplace
- a union and an employer
- an employer and other employers involved in multi-employer bargaining.
Examples of problems include situations where a party believes there to be:
- an unjustified dismissal
- a situation where actions such as warnings or demotions maybe unjustified
- claims of harassment and discrimination
- differences over the meaning of employment agreements
- restructuring and redundancy issues.
The Employment Relations Act requires that:
- every employment agreement includes a process for dealing with problems
- the employment agreement is in writing.
A sample process for dealing with problems is in Appendix B.