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Resolving workplace disputes - public consultation

Open date: 27 Jan 2011

Closing date: 20 Apr 2011

Response date: 23 Nov 2011

This consultation, conducted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service is a significant step in the Government’s Employment Law Review. We have considered over 400 responses to the consultation, summarised these and outlined the measures we intend to take forward in the Government response.

The Resolving Workplace Disputes consultation is a significant step in the Government's, Employment Law Review and forms part of the Red Tape Challenge Employment package.

We have consulted on a series of measures to: achieve more early resolution of workplace disputes so that parties can resolve their own problems, in a way that is fair and equitable for both sides, without having to go to an employment tribunal; ensure that, where parties do need to come to an employment tribunal, the process is as swift, user friendly and effective as possible; and help business feel more confident about hiring people – supporting growth.

The Government's response to the consultation was published on 23 November 2011. This confirms the proposals we intend to take forward, such as extending the qualifying period for unfair dismissal and announces our intention to go further by undertaking a Fundamental Review of the current Rules of Procedure for Employment Tribunal. The Response document and Fundamental Review terms of reference are available via a link at the bottom of the consultation page.


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Help cut red tape in business services

As part of government’s Red Tape Challenge, businesses and the public are invited to identify ways that ineffective, burdensome or unnecessary regulation affects growth in the business-to-business services sector.

Have your say at the Red Tape Challenge website