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

John Jackson, Ian Cunningham, Alistair Dutton

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-270
Number of pages14
JournalEmployee Relations
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • employment relations act
  • work
  • employment
  • human resource management
  • charities
  • voluntary organisations

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