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New employment laws resolved - 11/2000

CIPD law workshop

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and KLC unveiled a new workshop on Fair Play recently. The launch ended a week during which the Government announced its plans to give employers powers to monitor employees' e-mails/phone calls; and the Human Rights Act came into force. The workshop has been created to avoid costly litigation and soured employee relations, the risk of which has no doubt been heightened by these and many other employment measures.

As course tutor, John Fenton said, The workshop could not come at a better time given the constant flow of employment law traffic and the controversy this has generated. Only this week have we heard from the TUC that employers' rights to monitor employee e-mails and phones is illegal on the grounds that the Human Rights Act guarantees the right to privacy.

Mr Fenton added, The workshop responds to new employment laws which are turning many aspects of employer/employee relations and our working lives around. For example, one of the implications of the Human Rights Act is that a court or tribunal can now deal with cases. Until now, anyone who felt that their rights under the Convention had been breached had to go to the European Court of Rights in Strasbourg.

The workshop focuses on 5 key areas which include: Human Rights; Disciplinary procedures and practice; Grievance procedures and practice; Personal data and Monitoring employees - rules, policies and practice.

Fenton concludes, The workshop offers delegates an excellent overview of the new employment laws, provides excellent advice on how to implement these and will be within reasonable geographic reach for everybody in the UK.