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Employment Relations Act 1999

Part IX: General

117.Paragraph 166 provides that if the CAC represents to the Secretary of State that the automatic recognition procedure in paragraphs 22 or 87 has an unsatisfactory effect, the Secretary of State may amend it. The amendment need not be one proposed by the CAC, and must be made by statutory instrument subject to the affirmative resolution procedure. Paragraph 167 allows the Secretary of State to issue guidance to the CAC on how to exercise its functions under paragraphs 22 and 87, ie how to decide the three qualifying questions in paragraphs 22(4) and 87(4). The guidance is required to be laid before both Houses of Parliament and published

118.Paragraph 168 provides that the Secretary of State may by order specify a method for conducting collective bargaining to be taken into account by the CAC when imposing a collective bargaining method under paragraphs 31(3) and 63(2). The Secretary of State must consult ACAS before providing the guidance, which is made by order subject to negative resolution procedure. The CAC must take the specified method into account in imposing a bargaining method, but may depart from it as circumstances require.

119.Paragraph 169 allows the Secretary of State to make rules for how the CAC should treat competing applications for derecognition.

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