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[cover image][88 pages] November 2014
Unfair dismissal - a legal guide for union reps
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Unfair dismissal legislation has been a main target of the coalition government’s ongoing attack on employment rights. This means that union and employee representatives need to have a good grasp of the current law on dismissal and their members’ rights to job protection. This legal guide is fully updated and looks in detail at new developments affecting unfair dismissal, including the extension of the qualifying period for claims, rule changes meaning that the majority of unfair dismissal claims are heard by a judge sitting alone, the introduction of Acas Early Conciliation, cuts to compensation awards and the impact of “protected conversations”. This LRD guide will help union members, reps and full-time officers to understand how the law operates and what the different types of dismissal are.[More ...]

[cover image][64 pages] October 2014
Leave and pay for working parents - a guide for trade union reps
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The Children and Families Act 2014, has introduced improved rights for working parents. The new changes include the right to request flexible working for all employees, shared parental leave, entitlement for partners to take time off for up to two antenatal appointments, and adoption leave for individuals and couples intending to adopt. This Labour Research Department guide to leave and pay for working parents explains the new legal rights and provides examples of negotiated agreements to assist reps in bargaining for further improvements. Also covered are maternity rights, paternity leave, surrogacy leave and pay, parental leave, time off for dependants, the health and safety of new and expectant mothers, breastfeeding, leave for fertility treatment and time off for family emergencies.[More ...]

[cover image][208 pages] September 2014
Health and safety law 2014
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This new edition of the Labour Research Department‘s annual guide to health and safety law has been updated to include all the latest legal and other developments in health and safety over the past year. It covers new regulations, HSE guidance, significant court cases and the implications of new legislation. The guide is published at a time of continued and unprecedented government hostility towards health and safety regulation. Against this background and written with union negotiators and safety reps in mind, Health and Safety Law 2014 is an essential tool for reps and full-time trade union officials to use when negotiating with employers to ensure that workers are fully protected while at work.[More ...]

[cover image][87 pages] August 2014
Casualisation at work - a guide for trade union reps
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The aftermath of the recession in the UK has seen a deep, fundamental structural labour market shift, with growing levels of involuntary casualisation firmly linked to low pay, low skills, minimal training, stunted career development and poor prospects. This LRD booklet, aimed at trade union reps and members, looks in detail at the main forms of casualisation that have developed over the last six years and the actions being taken by trade unions to fight back. It covers the use of payroll companies, false self-employment, the spread of umbrella companies and personal service companies, the growth of zero hours contracts and agency working, as well as detailing workers‘ basic statutory rights.[More ...]

[cover image][88 pages] July 2014
Workplace pensions - a guide for trade union reps
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The coalition government’s radical shake up of both workplace and state pensions is continuing at a startling pace, raising new issues for trade unions wishing to both advise members and represent them in the governance and administration of their pension funds. This Labour Research Department pensions guide examines the new framework of retirement pensions that is being created and the implications of the proposed changes for occupational pensions, private pensions and the State Pension.[More ...]

[cover image][397 pages] June 2014
Law at Work 2014
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The 2014 edition of Law at Work has been completely revised and updated to include all new and current employment legislation and the most up-to-date case law examples. Law at Work 2014 clearly explains the key areas of employment law enabling reps and individuals to identify their legal rights, and unlike most other publications on employment law, it examines the law from the perspective of trade unions and workers.[More ...]

[cover image][64 pages] April 2014
Stress and mental health at work - a guide for trade union reps
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Stress has become one of the principal by-products of the modern workplace. In recent years it has been compounded by the effects of the recession and the coalition government’s austerity programme. As a result, millions of people remain worried about their jobs and income and the rise of insecure and precarious work. Union reps and safety reps have a key role to play in ensuring that employers take their responsibilities to tackle work-related stress seriously. This guide provides reps with information and advice written from a trade union perspective, together with practical examples of how unions and reps are tackling work-related stress across a range of industrial and service sectors and in a variety of workplaces.[More ...]

[cover image][80 pages] March 2014
State benefits and tax credits 2014
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Trade unions can play an important role in helping their members and their families claim the benefits to which they are entitled. As such, it is crucial for union reps to be aware of the latest reforms in order to give accurate initial advice on benefit entitlements. This guide is designed for that purpose. It includes details of the extensive and ongoing welfare reform changes being introduced by the coalition government and explains how Universal Credit and the Benefit Cap work. It also covers Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit, parental pay and leave, benefits relating to housing, sickness and injury at work and pension entitlements.[More ...]

[cover image][78 pages] February 2014
TUPE - a guide to using the law for union reps
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Significant changes to the TUPE regulations became law on 31 January 2014. The changes dilute the protection offered by TUPE, making it easier and quicker for employers to cut pay and other terms and to dismiss workers. Union reps will continue to play a vital role organising and protecting the interests of their members on a transfer of undertakings and this updated guide to using the law is a key resource for them. It explains exactly what has changed and what has remained the same; highlights the latest key TUPE cases and summarises the most important features of TUPE from the practical perspective of trade union reps and members.[More ...]

[cover image][112 pages] January 2014
Case law at work - 10th edition
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This is the tenth edition of Case Law at Work, the LRD's unique source of information on recent employment law cases. It contains clear and concise summaries of employment tribunal cases and updates of important cases decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal, many of which are not contained in other legal guides.[More ...]
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