For T.S Eliot, April was the cruellest month. For employment lawyers it can be the busiest because of the plethora of new legislation and statutory instruments being introduced. This year is no different and today sees The Employment Act 2008 come into force, replacing the discredited Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2004. In The Wasteland, TS Eliot wrote “what are the roots that clutch, what branches grow out of this stony rubbish?”. Admittedly Eliot was talking about the human condition and the moral and spiritual bankruptcy of modern society, rather than the 2004 regulations, but there is even so great resonance in those words for employment lawyers. Few people have had anything good to say about the rules and today they are abolished, replaced by a set of rules that are much less rigid but will give rise to other problems in the future.