Tuesday 2 December 2003

Employment Relations Bill

The government has, this morning, introduced the Employment Relations Bill in the House of Commons. The Bill 'tweaks' the Employment Relations Act 1999, following the review that took place after the first three years of the Act's operation.

The Bill contains:
  • clarification of procedures for establishing what is an appropriate bargaining unit for compulsory union recognition;
  • an amendment incorporating the ECHR's decision in Wilson & Palmer, namely that employers cannot pay an enhanced rate to 'buy out' an employee's right to be bound by union agreements;
  • greater case management powers for the CAC
and other similar matters.

Government Press Release
The Bill

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