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20 May 1998

The Law at Work - for the layperson
Trade union reps increasingly need a basic understanding of employment law to represent their members at work. The Law at Work published today by the Labour Research Department covers all the major employment legislation in force in May 1998. Written in straightforward language for the layperson, this informative guide will provide trade union reps with information to back them up in negotiations and to assist them in deciding whether there are grounds for taking a claim to an industrial tribunal or the courts.

The Law at Work, which is published biennially, has become one of the most popular and best-selling booklets from the LRD. The booklet explains the law in all the significant areas with which trade union reps have to deal, such as starting work and the employment contract, rights to pay and conditions, union organisation and industrial action, discrimination, sickness, maternity, dismissal, redundancy and contracting out. Throughout, the booklet quotes extensively from the latest case law in each of the relevant areas.

Notes to editors

The Law at Work is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?6.50 or ?15 for non-labour movement bodies.
LRD Booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?24.50 (?62.85 for non-labour movement bodies). LRD publishes 11 booklets a year.
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 83 years ago. More than 2,000 trade union organisations, including 54 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership are affiliated.
For further information contact Sonia Mckay on 0171 902 9827.

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