Employment law is an odd thing to make sense of in this ever-changing world.
It is easy to get caught up in the small details of employment law and forget that the boss takes people on to do something (hopefully at a profit) and people turn up to work to make a living (and sometimes a life).
No-one started a business to comply with employment law and no-one applied for a job to make sure they got their rights. We all had other plans.
Yet employment is part of the fabric of workplace relationships. In mythology it is a monstrous hydra destroying the boss’s freedoms, or a passive machine unable to protect employees.
After more than 30 years at the sharp end things I think that most of the public statements by politicians of all kinds about employment law are wrong, misleading and show a lack of understanding of how any one works.
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