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Title: The impact of individual employment legislation on the employment relationship in the hospitality industry.
Author: Head, Jeremy Alexander.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3550 6237
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis examines the impact of individual employment protection legislation on the employment relationship in the hotel and catering industry (HeI), exactly the type of industry whose workers the employment law was intended to protect. It begins \\-ith a review of the potential effects of employment legislation on the employment relationship. It then analyses and evaluates the practical effects of individual employment legislation in hotels and catering from relevant case law. and the workings of the Industrial Tribunal system, identifying that unfair dismissal is the most important aspect. In order to ask to what extent dismissal law constrains the managerial prerogative, in the light of recent socio-economic and legal changes, employer experience of, and attitudes to existing employment rights and the Industrial Tribunal system are assessed. This is achieved by means of a postal questionnaire to employers in the industry. This is then augmented by follow-up semi-structured interviews with the employers. The legislation was found to have more effect on employer behaviour than is apparent prima facie. The ways in which many employers seek to circumvent the provisions of the law provides evidence of this. The high rate of dismissal in the industry shows, however, that employers are not constrained from using dismissal. Rather, the manner of making dismissals is more formalised due to the threat of tribunal actions. The actual incidence of dismissal could well be far higher since it appeared that some employers did not regard the termination of employment of an employee without the service qualitication as a dismissal. Tribunal actions themselves are quite uncommon, given the high incidence of dismissal. The low success rate for employers at tribunals, and the acknowledgement by employers that procedural requirements were often not met during disciplinary matters, suggests that arbitrary management practice is still widespread.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Unfair dismissal; Industrial tribunals