Unwelcome change or fine tuning?
The Employment Relations Act 1999 is already the subject of a government review, just a few years after its introduction. Will the proposed changes make life more difficult for Britain's employers? Kerstie Skeaping reports
In July last year, the Government launched a review of a landmark piece of legislation from its first term in office – the Employment Relations Act 1999. Although a review had been promised in the Fairness At Work White Paper, which heralded the Employment Relations Act, its announcement last summer caused consternation among many employers’ groups. Organisations such as the CBI were deeply concerned that the review is taking place far too early to be effective. The worry was that further complicating an already complex system would increase the burden on employers at a time when they were facing significant change in other areas of employment law.
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