Employment Relations

Employment Relations

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Individual Assignment 2 – Field Research Study

Employment Tribunals


The first part of this assignment requires you to undertake field research through the process of ‘observation’.  Time has been set aside for you to visit a UK

Employment Tribunal.  This is a court of law related to the employment of people.  There are two courts close to the University of Winchester – Southampton and


Employment Tribunal (Reading)            Employment Tribunal (Southampton)
5th Floor, 30-31 Friar St                 Southampton Magistrates Court
West Berkshire RG1 1DX            100 The Avenue
Southampton SO14 3EX

Tel: 0118 959 4917                Tel: 023 80 384200
E-mail: [email protected]        E-mail: [email protected]

Southampton is the larger of the two, whilst Reading can only usually accommodate small groups no larger than five.  You will be expected to organise yourselves into

small groups and agree the group with your lecturer.  The lecturer will primarily arrange all visits by contacting the Listings Clerk with a list of students, groups

and date of preferred attendance.  This will be done at least a month in advance of the date you would like to attend.  Security is now much tighter at all tribunals

and a list of names is required to ensure admittance.  Please ensure you have some ID on you (student card with your photograph is ideal or a driving licence) in case

you are asked for proof of identity.  You should dress professionally as if you were attending a job interview or business function.  Please remember you are

representing the University of Winchester.  We have always been made welcome thanks to excellent behaviour from all students who have previously attended the Courts.

A member of your group will be required to telephone the Listings Clerk (or any member of the Listings Team) the afternoon before the day of your visit.to make sure

that there are hearings to watch. Cases may be settled or withdraw at the last minute frequently so we want to ensure you do not have a wasted journey.  Please note

that the telephone lines can be very busy so please be patient and do not leave it to the last minute to call.  Hearings are normally Monday to Thursday only.  The

court will sit in the morning and in the afternoon.  Check with the Clerk on what time to arrive but it is usually suggested to meet at 0930 am.  If you are late, you

will not be admitted once the court is in session.  Ideally, you will spend all day at the court so that you can follow through the progress of cases to completion.

Weeks 10 – 12 have been put by for the Employment Tribunal visits and this should give you sufficient hours to spend a day at a Tribunal to understand its working and

follow the cases heard on the day.  Please be aware that the courts will be closed during some of the Christmas period, so it is important to plan your visit and

ideally complete it by the end of Week 12 or Week 13 latest when the teaching weeks are finished.

You should prepare for the visit by reading up on how to undertake field work, including observation and field notes – both of which are central to qualitative

research – and by reading Chapter 4 (especially p120-128) from the course text, Gennard, J. & Judge, G. (2010) Managing Employment Relations, (5th ed) London: CIPD .

Please also visit HM Courts and Tribunal Service at http://www.justice.gov.uk/tribunals/employment [accessed online 24 September 2014].

Once you have made your visit, you are required to write up a reflection of up to 750 words on the experience of the day, analysing how it has enhanced your

understanding of the issues and challenges of contemporary employment relations in a practical and applied way.


At your day observing the Tribunal, you will have heard different cases and developed your knowledge of the management of workers from a legal and performance

perspective.  In the second part of this assignment, in up to 1,250 words explain the approaches, techniques and methods that can be utilised in employment relations

in order to avoid the ultimate sanction – the resolution of disputing parties in an Employment Tribunal.

Assessment Criteria

This practical assessment is designed to enable you to actively engage in a key aspect of employment relations.  Your reflection and answers should show your thinking,

reasoning and written communication skills.  You should show evidence of the ability to analyse, research and write succinctly. You should also show your understanding

of the processes involved in maintaining good employment relations within the workplace.  You should also show:

?    Use of relevant theories and reference to relevant legalisation
•    Use of texts, articles and journals from authoritative sources
•    Critical analysis and conclusions that are well supported by appropriate evidence and data thereby illustrating your expertise
•            The ability to write a reflective analysis of your experiential learning
•    Sound academic presentation (ie, clarity of writing and expression, structure, grammar and referencing using the Harvard Referencing System).

Assessment Deadlines

Work must be handed in by the set submission date of Tuesday 13th January, 2015 with a hard copy to the Faculty Office. Assignments handed in up to 1 week after this

date will be subject to a 40% cap.  Thereafter, a mark of 0% will be applied.  Please see the Academic Regulations for more guidance on missed deadlines.


Since moving to the Magistrates building we have had to be tighter with security and ask for a list of names of those attending, or a name of a team leader and a

number of accompanying students. This is to be sent to the Tribunal or to me directly, prior to the visitation date.

We can plan with some foresight a good day or string of days to visit. These days still occupy Monday – Wednesday, unless it is a 5 plus day hearing you observe. It is

still important to call and check with me the afternoon before the visit to make sure that there are hearings to watch. Cases will settle or withdraw at the last

minute frequently so we should ensure you do not make a wasted journey.

The size limit of your groups would depend on how many rooms we have active in that day. Sometimes there are three rooms, each accommodating 4 students. Although we do

have one big room that we sometimes let out to the Magistrates court, if we organise a hearing to observe in there then we could accommodate all students in one room,

up to 12 or 15 at a push.


Beyond academic assessment, this assignment will enable you to develop and practice specific employability-related skills as listed below:

Skill/Ability            How

Confidence            Attending a formal court of law.

Organisation    {Arranging group to attend within a specified timeframe
{Liaison with Listings Officer/Listings Team

Attendance/Punctuality    Attendance at the Employment Tribunal as arranged

Presentation    Smart, business-like appearance as befits a court of law

Analytical Thinking    Analysis of approaches, techniques and methods linking up practical application, observation and theory learned on module.

Reflective exploration of

a)    Meaning        Reflection on your experience at the Employment Tribunal

b)    Multiple meanings    Understanding and appreciating the various perspectives
(Judge, employer, employee and/or line manager)


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