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The impact of the Employment Relations Act 1999 on Scotland's voluntary sector

Jackson, John and Cunningham, Ian and Dutton, Alistair (2001) The impact of the Employment Relations Act 1999 on Scotland's voluntary sector. Employee Relations, 23 (3). pp. 256-270. ISSN 0142-5455

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Since the 1980s, public policy developments have promoted the role of the voluntary sector in a variety of UK settings. In parallel, there has been a growing interest in the impacts of employment relations regulation. This paper combines these themes by exploring the impact of the Employment Relations Act (1999) on the Scottish voluntary sector. Provides evidence, based on data from larger voluntary organisations, that the legislation has potential impacts, particularly regarding unfair dismissals, trade union recognition and parental leave. An underlying issue is the emergence of personnel management capability in conditions of increasingly complex labour market regulation.