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Determined to show it still has ideas after the general election, the government has this afternoon (Friday) announced a review of employment disputes to encourage dispute resolution.
Alan Johnson, employment relations minister, today announced that the government is concerned about the increasing number of tribunal claims - which do not appear to be related to the recently introduced causes of action (such as working time, minimum wage, parental leave etc.)
The government will therefore be issuing a consultation document shortly to consider alternative methods - other than litigation - of promoting good employment practice in the workplace. The review is not intended to amend employment rights, but will concentrate on the way in which those rights are exercised.
A factual background paper is available at http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/individual/dispute.pdf