The effects of labour market re-regulation on employees

Funded by: Department of Trade and Industry


March 2006 to July 2008

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Background, summary and aims

Background and Aims

This research aims to assess the effects of legislative changes in the field of employment relations on employees over the period from 1998 to 2004, using both the cross-section and panel elements of the 1998 and 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Surveys. Both collective and individual employment relations will be considered, but with a particular focus on outcomes for employees. The main legislative areas to be covered will be the statutory union recognition procedure, the National Minimum Wage, equality of opportunity, work-life balance and working hours. The general approach will be to assess the extent of change in employment practices in each of these areas over the period from 1998 to 2004, making comparisons between -covered' workplaces and employees, and those not covered, by the legislation.