first_img Comments are closed. Tribunal reforms are not enough, think-tank claimsOn 16 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The Government has to dramatically rethink its strategy on disputeresolution if the burden on the tribunal system is to be eased, claims a reportby a leading think-tank. The Institute for Public Policy Research believes the proposed reforms tothe system do not go far enough, and the only way to significantly cutlitigation is by improving staff and employer understanding of rights andduties. While the report, called Worker’s Rights and Wrongs, acknowledges that theGovernment already provides help and information on employment rights, itclaims that it is fragmented and uncoordinated. The centre-left think-tank is calling for the Government to create a singlesource of information on staff rights and employers’ responsibilities.Consultation on the Government’s proposals to tackle spiralling employmenttribunals numbers closed on 8 October (see box). Report author Nick Burkitt is also calling for the Government to set up astronger enforcement agency of the employee rights. He believes the Inland Revenue’s National Minimum Wage Enforcement Agencyshould be developed to investigate a wider range of workplace rights relatingto pay and hours. Burkitt also wants a new task force to be set up to consider how employmentlaw can be better understood and applied. He said, “The Government needs a new approach. It needs to targetnon-compliance, alongside a wider push for better employment practice based onimproved information and support for employers as well as employees.” www.ippr.org.ukBy Mike Broad Government steps to shake up tribunal system– All organisations are to havedispute resolution procedures in place– Claimants will be charged for use of the employment tribunalsystem– Awards will be increased against employers and reduced forstaff if either party has not used internal grievance procedures– All employers to provide a written statement of terms to staff– A fixed period of conciliation will ensure both parties makeevery effort to come to a settlement– A fast-track system will be introduced for certainjurisdictions (such as unlawful pay deductions and breach of contract)www.dti.gov.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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