DTI launches Employment Relations Act consultation

The Government launched consultation documents on the EU Information and
Consultation Directive and Employment Relations Act last week.

The DTI’s review of the Employment Relations Act 1999 will examine statutory
union recognition, family friendly policies in the workplace and fixed-term

The Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) is concerned the review is too
broad, and warns that it may generate additional regulations for business
(News, 11 June).

The EC Information and Consultation Directive is due to be adopted in the UK
from March 2005 and will make employers inform and consult with staff ahead of
redundancies and business restructurings.

The DTI has also launched a publication, Full and Fulfilling Employment,
which outlines the Government’s vision for full employment and improved


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