The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has said a new simplified system of dealing with workplace disputes that has come into operation today will help lower the number of cases going to tribunals.
Under the new arrangements, simpler systems tailored to each company will replace the old three-step methods.
Tribunals will have the power to alter settlements if it finds these rules have been breached.
Acas chief executive John Taylor said: "These changes should help improve relationships between managers and employees, cutting down disputes while saving time, money and stress for all concerned."
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One aspect of employment law is set to be challenged following a ruling by a tribunal that a 15-year-old paper boy could not have been unfairly dismissed as he was not technically employed.
This status will be contested by Kent schoolboy Myles Bebbington, following his dismissal for refusing to start work at 06:30 instead of 07:00.
Published on: April 6, 2009