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01 SEP 2011

September 2011 Legislation Update

Date

Legislation

Details

October 2011

Agency Workers Regulations 2010

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 will come into force on 1 October 2011. These give temporary agency workers used by a hirer for 12 weeks or more the same basic working and employment conditions (including pay and holiday) as if they had been recruited directly by the hirer to do the same job. Other rights, such as the right to equal access to collective facilities and amenities, apply from day one. Draft guidance has been published by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and final guidance is expected shortly.

March 2012

Parental Leave Directive 2010/18/EU

The UK is required to bring into force the provisions of the Parental Leave Directive, which increases the minimum parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child from three to four months by March 2012. The Directive requires that at least one of the four months will not be transferable between parents.

2012

Pensions Act 2008

The Pensions Act will give all jobholders aged over 22, earning more than £7,475 a year (in 2011), access to a workplace pension scheme with minimum employer contributions. The Act comes into force in 2012 and requires automatic enrolment into either a qualifying pension scheme or the National Employment Savings Trust for those employers who do not currently operate a pension scheme.

2013

Education and Skills Act 2008

The Act obliges employers in England and Wales to release young people for education or training, and to check whether a young person is participating in education or training before employing them.

This new duty to participate will start to come into force after 2013 and there are many details still to be specified in regulations and practice.

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