Employment Rights Publications

Age Discrimination at Work

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By Nicola Dandridge and Patrick Grattan

Published in December 2006

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations came into force on 1st October 2006. The Regulations are the last major stage in the UK’s implementation of the European Employment Directive. The Regulations will outlaw age discrimination and harassment on the grounds of age in employment and training – affecting both young and older workers.

Regulating Health and Safety at Work: An Agenda for Change?

By Phil James and David Walters

Published in December 2005

Over a million workers each year suffer an accident at work, more than two million people suffer an illness which they believe to have been caused by their work and more than 25,000 people leave the labour force each year as a result of work-related injury and illness. Such injury and ill health results in the annual loss of over 25 million working days. The estimated cost to the tax payer is over £58 billion in medical and social security costs. The cost to workers and their families is clearly socially and morally unacceptable.



Labour Migration and Employment Rights

Edited by Bernard Ryan

Published in October 2005

Migrant workers often enter the UK in the hope of finding a better life – the truth is often far from that. Migrant workers are denied social benefits and are offered very little protection in terms of employment rights while the destitution faced by unemployed migrants makes them more vulnerable to unscrupulous employers.

Still Challenging Disability Discrimination at Work

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By Lydia Seymour and Andrew Short

Published in October 2005

This publication examines the impact and operation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in the 10 years since it passed through Parliament. It is fair to say that many concerns were expressed by unions and disability groups when the DDA was first introduced. Those concerns were recorded in the first edition of this booklet, published in 2000. That report also raised suggestions for improvements in the Act, many of which have now been addressed through amendments to the original Act.

Decoding Some New Developments in Labour Standards Enforcement

by Steve Gibbons

Published in November 2004

This publication looks at the range of initiatives aimed at promoting global labour standards in the global marketplace. The author first outlines the regulatory controls developed by international organisations such as the OECD, the ILO and the United Nations. He goes on to examine the growth in “voluntary” initiatives such as company codes of conduct and a new concept known as “ratcheting labour standards”.

Nine Proposals for the Reform of the Law on Unfair Dismissal

By Hugh Collins

Published in May 2004

The law of unfair dismissal is based on an internationally recognised social right not to be unfairly dismissed. But to what extent does the UK framework of law protect that social right? Have developments in common law introduced unjustifiable limits on the statutory protection against unfair dismissal? How can our laws be improved to ensure UK workers are treated with respect and not as a “commodity”?

This publication examines the strengths and weakness of the current law, including the proposals contained in the Employment Act 2002. It highlights nine areas where the legislation fails to adequately protect the social right and sets out a clear and realistic agenda for reform.

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