Data file

Our continuing series of articles which give the basics on key areas of
employment legislation

Working parents

The hard facts

Employment Bill 2001

Much has been written about the Employment Bill 2001, which is presently
before the Commons Standing Committee. Once implemented, it is expected to have
a wide-ranging effect.

– The Employment Bill 2001 can be found at:

– Its main provisions affect working parents, dispute resolution via
grievance and disciplinary procedures and a new tribunal procedure. The
relevant parts of the Bill are:

– Paternity and Adoption: Part 1, Chapter 1

– Maternity Leave: Part 1, Chapter 2

– Tribunal Reform: Part 2

– Dispute Resolution: Part 3 and Schedule 2

Reading around the subject

Paternity leave and maternity leave

– The government’s consultation document is a useful starting point for
reading about the intentions behind the Bill::

– and response is at:

– A summary of the present rights (including those recently changed on 10
January 2002 by the Maternity and Parental Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2001
can be found at:

Tribunal reform and dispute resolution

The government’s consultation document, "Routes to Dispute Resolution:
Improving Dispute Resolution in Britain":

– and the response is a useful starting point:

In the news

– TUC Welcomes Employment Bill plans for grievance and disciplinary

– "Shake-up for workers’ rights", BBC news online, Friday 9
November 2001:

– CBI Comment on the Bill:

– "Government gets CBI praise for Tribunal Reform"

Other sources


Confederation of British Industry

Department of Education and Employment

Department of Trade and Industry

Her Majesty’s Stationery Office

Trades Union Congress

Government Online Information Service

Equal Opportunities Commission


Financial Times

Employment Tribunal Taskforce

Useful contact details

Employment Relations Directorate

Helpline for Maternity Rights, Parental Leave and Time off for
Dependants:  020-7215 6207

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