The Certification Officer (in the UK) was created by the Employment Protection Act in February 1976 to certify and regulate the internal activities of independent trade unions and employers' associations. The Certification Officer maintains a list of trade unions and employers' associations, inspects their internal accounts, and oversees the processes of merger and transfer of engagements. The Officer also determines the independence of trade unions from employers. Under the Employment Relations Act 1999, the Certification Officer was given the power to hear and adjudicate in cases where members complain about union breaches of their own rules and trade union law. The Certification Officer publishes an annual report that contains information on trade union numbers, mergers, membership, political funds, and finances.
Subjects: Law — Human Resource Management.