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21 June 2004

Law at work 2004 - new edition of LRD's best-selling legal handbook now out
This year sees further changes to employment law as a result of the Employment Act 2002, in particular the requirement that all employers have disciplinary and grievance procedures in place by October 2004. This will make it more difficult for workers to take claims directly to tribunals, so it is especially important that workplace representatives understand the law as they will be trying to resolve more problems in the workplace.

The Employment Bill, published last November, also proposes changes to the law on recognition and industrial action. These are likely to be in force sometime in 2005. 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 2004.

Since the last edition of Law at work there have been new rights not to be discriminated against on the grounds of sexual orientation and religion, as well as a number of landmark court rulings clarifying employment rights. These cover issues such as compensation in unfair dismissal cases, pension rights for agency workers formerly working in the public sector and consultation on redundancies.

Law at Work 2004 updates readers on these changes, 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, 212-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 2004 is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?11.95 or ?25.00 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?30.95 (?76.95 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 over 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 Tessa Wright on 020 7902 9817. 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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