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Employment law: know your rights

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James Goldman discusses some of the issues surrounding employment law, and the role of the BVA's representation and mediation services in helping to resolve disputes.

THERE are lots of statutes and regulations governing the employment relationship. Employees have rights, enshrined to a large extent in the Employment Rights Act. These include the right not to be unfairly dismissed and the right to redundancy pay. There is also legislation, such as the Employment Relations Act, that attempts to govern aspects of the relationship between employer and employee.

The word ‘relationship’ is one that is talked about often in connection with employment, both from an industrial relations point of view and a legal standpoint. An employee can claim unfair constructive dismissal if the employer acts in a way to destroy the mutual trust and …

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