Employment Rights Publications

Whistleblowing and the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

By Catherine Hobby

Published in December 2001

Inquiries into disasters and scandals have shown that employees will often be the first to be aware of malpractice and corruption in the workplace. Yet prior to the introduction of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 workers who blew the whistle found they had little if any protection against unfair dismissal or victimisation.

Undermining Construction: The Corrosive Effects of False Self-Employment

by Dr Mark Harvey

Published in November 2001

According to the evidence in this report, between 300,000 and 400,000 building workers are falsely registered as self-employed due to the complicated and inadequate system of tax and employment regulation currently operating in the industry.

Building on the National Minimum Wage by Bob Simpson

By Bob Simpson

Published in April 2001

This publication offers a timely review of the impact of the National Minimum Wage on individuals, businesses and the wider economy following the second anniversary of its implementation.

Bob Simpson considers the strengths and weaknesses of the legislation. He looks specifically at the exclusion of those under 18, the lower rate for those under 22 or undertaking training and the lack of adequate enforcement mechanisms.

Union Rights… and Wrongs: The Reform of Britain’s Anti-Union Laws

By John Hendy QC

Published in March 2001

Legislation introduced in the UK since 1997 has undoubtedly put in place a more positive and worker-friendly framework of individual employment rights than existed in the deregulated days of the 1980s and ’90s. Nevertheless, research reports show that many workers still fail to enjoy the benefit of these rights at work, contributing to a substantial increase in Tribunal claims.

Employment Rights at Work: Reviewing the Employment Relations Act 1999

Edited by Professor Keith Ewing

Published in January 2001

The Employment Relations Act 1999 is the most important piece of trade union legislation for a generation. Included in its terms are procedures for union recognition and representation, a framework of family friendly policies, new protections against unfair dismissal and powers to extend the scope and coverage of employment protection legislation.

This book, prepared by a distinguished team of trade unionists, social scientists and lawyers, offers a unique and timely overview of the legislation. Each essay considers an aspect of the Employment Relations Act, highlighting both the strengths and weaknesses of the legislation. More importantly, the book goes on to ask what more can be done?

Fairness at Work? The Disciplinary and Grievance Provisions of the 1999 Employment Relations Act

By Mike Clancy and Roger Seifert

Published in November 2000

The Employment Relations Act 1999 introduced a statutory right for workers to be accompanied at disciplinary and grievance hearings. To supplement the Act, ACAS released a new Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures which updates existing ACAS guidelines and explains how the statutory right to be accompanied should operate.

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