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Cover Employment Law in Context

2. Sources and Institutions of Employment Law  

This chapter examines the principal sources and institutions of labour law in the UK. It discusses the relationship between the common law and employment protection legislation; the significance of Codes of Practice; the importance and extent of EU competence in the field of social policy and the potential impact of Brexit; informal sources of regulation and the institutional framework of employment law. The institutions that provide support for employment law are then considered, including the employment tribunals and the courts, and bodies such as the EHRC and ACAS. The chapter goes on to discuss the importance of EU law and human rights regulation to the discipline of labour law and also the influence of international labour standards.