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01 SEP 2008

September 2008 Legislation Update

Date

Legislation

Details

Autumn 2008

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Act 2006

The Act introduces a single vetting system for checking the suitability of potential employees to work with children and vulnerable adults. The new scheme aims to avoid harm, or risk of harm, to children and vulnerable adults, and will aim to do this by preventing those who are deemed unsuitable to work with children and vulnerable adults from gaining access to them through their work. The scheme will be phased in from the autumn.

5 October 2008

Maternity and Parental Leave etc and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2008

The Regulations will give the same rights to employees on additional maternity leave (AML) as those on ordinary maternity leave (OML) for women whose expected week of childbirth begins on or after 5 October. Similar distinctions between the rights of employees on ordinary adoption leave and additional adoption leave will also be removed.

Spring 2009

Employment Bill

The overall effect of the Employment Bill is to strengthen and clarify key aspects of employment law. The aim is for the Bill to receive Royal Assent in 2008. The provisions contained in the Bill include the repeal of the statutory dispute resolution procedures and the implementation of a package of replacement measures to encourage early/informal resolution; a clarification and strengthening of the enforcement framework for the National Minimum Wage; and a strengthening of the employment agency standards enforcement regime.

1 April 2009

Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2007

These amend the Working Time Regulations 1998 to provide for an increased entitlement to annual leave. From 1 October 2007 the entitlement to four weeks increased to 4.8 weeks (24 days for full-time workers). The second increase in the holiday entitlement to bring it up to a maximum of 28 days will occur on 1 April 2009.

April 2009

Extension of right to request flexible working

The right to request flexible working will be extended to parents of children up to the age of 16. The Government has stated that it will consult on how this is to be implemented.

Included in the Government's legislative programme for 2008/2009

Equality Bill

The overall effect of what will become the Single Equality Act is to consolidate all the current discrimination legislation into one Act. The Act will also, amongst other things, extend to positive action and outlaw age discrimination in the provision of goods and services.

By April 2010

Work and Families Act 2006

The government proposes to extend maternity and adoption pay from 9 to 12 months, as well as introducing additional paternity leave and pay by the end of this Parliament. Additional paternity leave and pay will entitled employed fathers up to 26 weeks additional paternity leave, some of which could be paid, if the mother returns to work.

1 August 2012

Directive amending the Working Time Directive (No 2000/34)

Final date for full implementation of the Working Time Directive in relation to junior doctors. The 48-hour week will apply.

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