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15 May 2003

Law at Work 2003 - LRD's best-selling legal handbook out now
This year sees important changes to employment law resulting from the Employment Act 2002. This includes improved rights to maternity pay and leave, and the introduction of paternity and adoption leave from this April. And parents of young children can now request flexible working.

There is also a new questionnaire to help get information that may be useful in equal pay claims, as well as time off for union learning representatives. All these changes are explained in the latest edition of the Labour Research Department's (LRD's) popular annual guide to employment law - Law at Work 2003.

From next year there will also be new dispute resolution procedures and restrictions on taking cases to employment tribunals that union representatives need to be aware of. And later in the year, as a result of a European directive, there will be new laws that give employees a right not to be discriminated against on grounds of their sexuality and religious beliefs. From July there are also legal changes that strengthen the Race Relations Act.

Law at Work 2003 explains how these new rights will operate, as well as providing detailed information on all the major employment legislation that union representatives and employees need to know about. It explains the employee's basic rights under the contract, the rights to pay and conditions, the situation with regard to dismissal and redundancy, and rights not to be discriminated against. It also covers rights in relation to sickness absence, maternity and parental leave, and business transfers. Sections on union organisation and industrial action also explain what trade union reps need to know.

Written in a straightforward style, and containing many examples from case law, this comprehensive,196-page guide will provide trade unionists with information to back them up in negotiations and will help them to decide whether there are grounds for taking a claim to a tribunal or the courts.
Notes to editors

1. Law at work 2003 is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?10.95 or ?23.25 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?29.50 (?73.95 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet contact Sonia Mckay on 020 7902 9827. To order copies of the booklet telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all of LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk.

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