This year promises to be a relatively quiet one for employment law changes, but firms will still face new rights and regulations, which will continue to add to their business burdens, warns a leading lawyer.

Tim Lang, partner and head of employment at Black Country law firm George Green, says businesses are still feeling the pressure from having to adapt to Age Discrimination legislation, the changes to maternity regulations and tough tribunal decisions.

"There are fewer changes to employment law in 2008, but many smaller and medium size employers are still struggling to stay on top of the present regulations, so the burden of red tape will get even heavier," said Mr Lang.

In April the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act will create a new offence of corporate manslaughter which will allow organisations to be prosecuted for management failures that lead to the deaths of employees and others.

Agency workers will get more protection through the introduction of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2007.

The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes Regulations 2006 is also to be extended and will introduce a requirement to consult with members of pension schemes before making major changes to future pension arrangements for 50 or more employees.