Ignore New Workplace Legislation at Your Peril, Warn Authors of Law Guide

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New rulings on trade union recognition, changes to unfair dismissal awards and the extension of employment rights to nonemployees are among the core changes brought about by the Employment Relations Act 1999, one of the most farreaching pieces of workplace legislation created over the past decade. But are employers fully aware of the practical implications for their own organisations?

A new guide on the Act, published by the Institute of Personnel and Development, is designed to provide an easily accessible source of information on all aspects of this legislation and its likely impact on the world of work.

Written by IPD employment law advisers Hammond Suddards, the Employment Relations Act 1999 charts the history of the Act following the publication of the Fairness at Work White Paper and gives an overview of some of the main areas of concern and controversy. The increase of unfair dismissal compensation limits and lowering of the unfair dismissal qualifying period are among the changes that have been criticised by several employers for placing greater burdens on companies as well as the move to introduce a statutory right to trade union recognition. …