Editorial for Newsletter #320Monday, November 3rd, 2008
Statutory Sick Pay and agency workers are a key feature of this week’s news items. A new version SSP1 came into use from 27 October. The new, less work intensive, form can be downloaded from the DWP’s website or ordered in bulk. From the same date, the legislation that, in error apparently, prevented agency workers from receiving SSP if they are engaged for 3 months or less, has been rectified, enabling all agency workers to be paid SSP if they meet the qualifying conditions that apply to all employees. And, the European Parliament has been the “green light” for EU member states to start the process of providing equal treatment for agency workers in comparison with permanent workers. The UK government already has a basic framework for this new entitlement in place, with agreement from the TUC and reluctant agreement from the CBI for the equal treatment to apply after the first 12 weeks of an agency worker’s engagement with a particular employer.
We also have a new Employer FAQ this week, namely Part 3 of a series that covers completion of form P45 for new employees, with clarification of the differences between the old and new versions of the form.
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