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The Employment Relations Act 1999 is the Labour Government's flagship reform of individual and collective employment law. The Act repeals elements of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and substitutes additional, and potentially far-reaching, new trade union provisions. Additionally, at the individual level, it supplements a variety of rights provided by the Employment Rights Act 1996.;This guide provides a detailed account of the Act and explains the meaning of its provisions in a practical manner. It contains background briefing on the rationale and philosophy behind the provisions and in each substantive chapter attempts to identify the legislative objectives, analyze the meaning of the relevant provisions and assess their likely impact in the future. Incorporated into the discussion of the effect of the legislative principles are references to relevant parliamentary debates and case law. Many provisions of the Act are to be brought into force gradually by way of commencement orders and in the form of regulations - all of which are examined and analyzed in detail.;The book contains a copy of the Act.