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Dispute resolution procedures to become more informal

New measures have been announced to simplify the process of resolving workplace disputes.

It is hoped the new rules, expected to come into force next April, will lighten the load on HR by encouraging earlier, more informal resolution of workplace disputes without the need for the current formal legal process.

Minister for employment relations Pat McFadden said: "In the current economic climate, regulations can be a big concern for business and we want to help simplify them where we can. These changes will save employers valuable time and money.

"It's clear the business community wants to see streamlined, straightforward and effective procedures to deal with disputes, and workers want to have good safeguards in place to protect them."