I think that although employee law has it's foundations set in protecting the employee in the workplace etc, it has created false expectations and with added union involvment has created many environments where wholly unrealistic demands are seen by some employees as being quite legitimate. Over a period of time this is to the detriment of the whole economy. I have cited a few examples on Arrse recently but I will mention again situations that highlight that sometimes a little knowledge is dangerous: Employee told cannot smoke here - does a bit of googling and tries to invoke human rights. Newly acquired employee crossed over via TUPE feeling very aggrieved due to being pulled in for a "chat" after a string of absences. His previous T&Cs allowed this disciplinary measure but it was never invoked. We all know about the underclass and the "It's me rights innit" attitude that prevails. Is this creeping into the employed sector also, aided by increased worker's rights legislation and union involvment?