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Labour Law and Employment Relations Research Group

This group is part of a network of affiliated scholars in labour and employment law, industrial relations and human resources management that spans higher education institutions and other organisations. We do collaborative research into the legal rules and other forms of regulations that govern the eligibility to perform work. Our main focus is employment and trade union law. Research areas include labour market trends, professional and occupational regulation, and the political elements that influence employment legislation.

The Scope and Limits of Radical Political Unionism in Europe

The Dynamics, Limits and Potential of Radicalised Political Trade Unionism in France and Britain.

15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association

Union Militancy and Left Wing Agitation

Are UK Employment Tribunals a barrier to justice?

A history of UK employment tribunals

ECRM June 2016

The research group are delivering their research findings into the UK Employment Tribunal system at the 15th European Conference on Research Methods at Kingston Business School, Kingston University, UK.

Human Rights v Bill Rights: Implications for Employment Relations
In conjunction with the Manchester Industrial Relations Society and Industrial Law Society – September 2016

Currently, European Conventions protect workers in a number of ways. Article 4 protects people against slavery and forced labour – a growing concern with the roll out of Universal Credit. Article 8 protects the right to respect for private and family life. Article 10 ensures Freedom of expression without interference by public authorities. Article 11 protects workers’ rights to freedom of assembly and association, protections that trade unions are currently using to argue against the Trade Union Bill. And Article 14 protects against discrimination at work. These basic rights form the basis of any civilised society so how can we ensure that these protections are included in any British Bill of Rights? Speakers at this event will discuss recent developments in the human rights debate and look specifically at some of the protections threatened by Government plans.

Employment Tribunal Visits 2016

The research group arranged Employment Law students to visit the Employment Tribunals in Manchester. This visit was linked to their assessment and provided a ‘real world’ experience to enhance their employability. The students also undertook some research whilst observing tribunal cases, assessing the justice elements of the tribunal system.

Guest Lecture: Judge Brian Doyle - Tuesday 27 October 2015

Around 180 colleagues and friends of the University gathered in Lady Hale building recently to hear a special lecture from Judge Brian Doyle, President of the Employment Tribunals in England & Wales.

Brian, who was once an academic at the University, received a warm welcome when he was invited back to deliver the Salford Business School Guest Lecture.

The presentation, entitled Accessible Justice: Employment Rights and Employment Courts, considered how far the employment tribunals have come in the 50 years since they were first established.

Twenty years after he left the University, Brian returned to dissect the essential elements of the tribunal system, demonstrating his passion for determining justice in workplace disputes.

Professor Ralph Darlington, from Salford Business School, chaired the event, which included brief introductory addresses from Professor Nigel Mellors, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise), and Peter Monaghan, North West Area Director, Acas.

Ralph said: “This was a fascinating and erudite presentation on a topic area which is constantly in the news and could potentially affect us all at some stage of our working lives.”

The lecture was deemed a huge success, attracting a large number of external visitors, including lawyers and HR managers.
Brian concluded the lecture by outlining some potential future changes to the tribunal system and examined the pressures upon access to justice in the employment tribunals.

The group welcomes PhD applications. We currently supervise studies in the following areas:

Barriers faced by female academics when returning from maternity leave
The effectiveness of UK Employment Tribunals
Regulation of academic staff in Higher Education institutions

The team

Dr Jonathan Lord

Employment Law

Prof Ralph Darlington

Employment Relations

Elizabeth Przychodzki