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The Handbook of Employment Relations, Law and Practice 4th ed

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ISBN13: 9780749433406
ISBN: 074943340X
Published: April 2003
Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



Changes in working patterns and technology have revolutionized the way we work. More people than ever work in white-collar jobs and are unlikely to organize collectively. Other issues such as ""portfolio"" careers, the long-hours culture, the global economy, an ageing workforce, and changes in employment legislation have completely transformed the working landscape.;This fourth edition of the ""Handbook of Employment Relations, Law and Practice"" (originally published as the ""Handbook of Industrial Relations Practice"") has been revised to reflect these changes. A host of experts considers all aspects of employment relations. Topics include: the influence of the EU; employment relations and the information society; unfair dismissal; health and safety; alternative dispute resolution; trade unions; pay and performance; sickness and absence; training and development; and managing change.

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Contents:
Contributors Foreword Introduction to the fourth edition PART ONE: THE BACKGROUND 1 Overview: the changing employment relationship Brian Towers Introduction; The contexts of change; The changing employment relationship: structure and commitment; Conclusions and prospects 2 The influence of the European Union on British industrial relations. A case of convergence, contagion or coexistence? Peter Cressey Introduction; Convergence; Contagion; Coexistence; Discussion 3 Britain in the global economy Steve Bradley Introduction; Recent economic performance; A Long-term perspective on British economic performance; The future performance of the British economy; British economic policy and the world economy; Summary and conclusions 4 Employment relations in the information society Chris Baldry The idea of the Information Society; ICT and Human Resource Management; The information workers; New technology, traditional issues; Collective responses; ICT and employment relations; Conclusions PART TWO: THE LAW 5 Overview: The law and the employment relationship Steven Anderman Introduction; Individual employment legislation; Collective labour law and collective representation; Conclusions 6 Unfair dismissal Ann Blair Introduction; The elements of unfair dismissal; Employment status and continuity of employment; Dismissal; The potentially fair reasons for dismissal; The reasonableness of dismissal; Automatically unfair dismissal; Illegality; Remedies; Some final points 7 Collective rights: recognition, representation and industrial action Graeme Lockwood and Kevin Williams Introduction; Trade union recognition; Trade union representation rights; Industrial action 8 Discrimination in employment Helen Pritchard Introduction; General principles; Sex and race discrimination; Discrimination on the grounds of disability, Pre-employment and selection issues; Redundancy; Harassment; Remedies; Equal pay; A note on part-time workers; A note on fixed-term workers; Trade union membership; Human rights overlap; Future developments 9 Pay, working time and individual employment rights Bob Simpson Rights derived from terms of the employment contract; Pay; Working time 10 Health and safety Brenda Barrett Prevention of occupational injuries; Compensation for injury and ill health; Conclusion PART THREE: ALTERNATIVES TO THE LAW 11 Alternative dispute resolution Virginia Branney Defining alternative dispute resolution; Mediation and conciliation; The benefits of ADR; Appropriateness of ADR 12 Resolving unfair dismissal cases by arbitration: the ACAS scheme Ramsumair Singh Arbitration as an alternative to Employment Tribunals; The ACAS Scheme; Key features of the Scheme; The Scheme in practice; The arbitration agreement; The appointment of the arbitrator; The hearing; The award; Evaluating the ACAS Scheme PART FOUR: EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS PRACTICE 13 Overview: approaches to managing the employment relationship Jeanette Harrison, Norma Heaton, Bob Mason and Joe Morgan Introduction; New