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Fairness - up to a point. Assessing the impact of New Labour's employment legislation

Linda Dickens and Mark Hall
Human Resource Management Journal, 16, 4, 338-356


Since 1997 there has been a significant extension in the legal regulation of the employment relationship reflecting social and economic policy objectives. This article summarises key findings from research into the impact of this legislation and identifies factors affecting legislative impact and employer compliance. Tensions and priorities in the pursuit of the twin policy objectives are discussed.