Editorial for Newsletter #336Monday, December 29th, 2008
SMP, SAP, SPP and SSP are all well-known statutory payments but there are many other circumstances where employees take time off and their employers have a statutory obligation to pay them. Well known examples are holiday pay, redundancy pay and time off for ante-natal care. But there are many, many more and they do not all share the same payment rules. This week’s news item about the Acas consultation on time off for trade union duties and activities refers to eight different kinds of workplace representatives, all entitled to full pay when they take time off to perform their duties. How many of these situations have you come across? And there are many, many more. How many other “time-off” payments can you think of?
The European Parliament vote on the opt-out from the 48-hour average working week went as expected, leaving little doubt that the opt-out will disappear from the UK workplace in a few years time. The phasing-out period will probably be three years, but that counts from the UK’s implementation of the changes to the Working Time Directive, and who knows how long that will take?
And there are some strange goings-on in Ireland in the electrical industry. The word “shenanigans” comes to mind.
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