This book provides students with a clear guide to an increasingly complex area of employment law. The effect of the overlay of common law, statute, statutory instruments and European Community law is considered, as are the institutions for resolving industrial disputes. Emphasis is placed on those substantive and procedural topics usually encountered on a traditional employment, labour, or industrial relations law course such as express and implied terms, unfair dismissal and discrimination. The law is placed in the context of industrial relations theory, collective bargaining and current government policy. Defects in the present law and proposed reforms are discussed. The substantial changes brought about by Parliament, in particular, with the Employment Relations Act 1999, are discussed in the fourth edition, as are developments in the case law such as Barry, Nagarajan and Zafar. There is also full coverage of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Industrial Tribunals Act 1996.