Common Commencement Dates – BERR announces effective dates for legislation during 2009Monday, January 26th, 2009
Employment legislation normally takes effect from two dates in any year, namely 6 April and 1 October. The following relevant legislation falls within the remit of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and is expected to be brought into force on these two dates in 2009:
6 April 2009
- Employment Act 2008 – National Minimum Wage enforcement measures and a new method of calculating arrears
- Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2007 – increase in statutory paid holiday entitlements to 5.6 weeks, but capped at 28 days
- Flexible Working Regulations – amendments to extend the right to request flexible working to parents of children aged 16 and under
- Employment Act 2008 and other secondary legislation – new procedures for resolving disputes in the workplace
1 October 2009
- National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 – introduction of new rates as recommended by the Low Pay Commission
The introduction of additional paternity leave and pay is still listed for introduction before the end of the current Parliament, along with extension of maternity pay to 12 months.
In a separate announcement, BERR published details of the European Directive on Temporary Agency Work, which has a three-year implementation period. The Government hopes to introduce the necessary legislation in the current Parliamentary session, following full consultation with interested parties.
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