The government has issued new guidance on resolving workplace disputes, in reform which it says is aimed to tip the balance so that the rights of firms and staff are given equal weight.

Launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) yesterday (January 27th 2011), the Employer’s Charter offers bosses clarification on what they can and cannot do when handling any disagreements which may arise.

“Giving businesses the confidence to take on somebody new will be a real boost to the economy,” said prime minister David Cameron. “[The reforms] highlight our determination to ensure that employment law is no longer seen as a barrier to growth.”

BIS added that its review into employment law is ongoing and invited employers and other members of the public to submit suggestions on ways to speed up the tribunal process and make businesses more confident in hiring new staff.

Managers and executives seeking to build better relations with workers could benefit from attending the Employee Engagement Summit 2011, which will be held on March 3rd at London’s Canary Wharf.

Posted by Hayley Edwards