Employment Law Certificate

The Employment Law Certificate is designed for union representatives who have already completed the TUC Stage 1 Union Representatives Course or its union equivalent.

This is a practical training course, designed for trade union workplace reps. It approaches the law from this perspective and its principal concern is how knowledge of and confidence in using employment law can improve workplace bargaining. It is not aimed at legal professionals or the finer points of technical interpretation of the law.

Who is this course for?

The Employment Law Certificate is designed for union representatives who have already completed the TUC Stage 1 Union Representatives Course or its union equivalent.

How long is the course?

This course will take 60 hours to complete.

What will the course help me to do?

The course will help you to:

  • build confidence and knowledge in exploring, questioning and using employment law
  • develop and consolidate research skills in finding out how legal provisions impact upon workplace rights
  • review changes and challenges to workplace rights
  • plan what needs to be done in relation to your union and workplace situation
  • apply representational, organising and collective bargaining skills to making the most of the law at work
  • work collectively in planning collective action
  • prepare for/facilitate progression to advanced work on union issues, including advanced courses and union roles

Can I get time off to learn?

Union representatives who wish to attend TUC courses in working time should first ask their employer for time off with pay. The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977 give accredited union and safety representatives a legal right to reasonable time off with pay to attend courses approved by the TUC or their union. Guidance towards establishing what constitutes reasonable time off can be found in the ACAS Code of Practice (pdf).

You can also get time off for online courses. Online learning should not be seen as an alternative to paid release from work. The law still applies, whether learning takes place away from work or in work, at a workstation or in a company learning centre.

Representatives who find difficulty in obtaining paid time off to attend TUC courses should seek assistance from their senior union representative or full time union officer.

How much is the course?

There are no course fees for union reps from TUC affiliated unions.

Further information

If you require any further information about this course, please contact your TUC Regional Education Officer.

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Last modified: Monday, 19 January 2015, 11:33 AM