Review of research into the impact of employment relations legislation

Review of research into the impact of employment relations legislation
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Dickens, Linda; Hall, Mark; Wood, Stephen
Date of publication
1 November 2005
Employment Relations Research
People management: all aspects of managing people
Business and management
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This report provides an up-to-date summary and review of research published by the end of 2004 concerning the impact of the post-1997 legislative programme. The key strands of the review are:

  1. Working time;
  2. The National Minimum Wage;
  3. Trade union recognition;
  4. Parental leave, time off for employees with dependants and duty on employers to consider requests for flexible working;
  5. Unfair dismissal and workplace procedures;
  6. European Works Councils, information and consultation regulations and consultation over redundancies/transfers;
  7. Part-time and fixed-term work;
  8. Equality/discrimination provisions;
  9. Enforcement mechanisms; and
  10. Overall effects of legal regulation.

The review does not cover legal regulation of industrial disputes and of internal union affairs. Here, the present government has substantially maintained the legislation inherited from its Conservative predecessors. For an overview of the impacts of the law in these areas, see Dickens and Hall (2003).

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