The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has announced a review of the statutory dispute resolution procedures introduced by the Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2004. They have stated that it will be a “root and branch” review.

The Law Society has recommended that the statutory grievance procedures should be abolished or, at the very least, that they should be restricted. This recommendation will no doubt be echoed by most employers who find the formal process to be cumbersome and littered with potential pitfalls for the unwary.

STOP PRESS --The DTI review has recommended a complete repeal of the Dispute Resolution Regulations. There is to be a consultation period expiring in June 2007.

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