A vast array of employment legislation will shortly enter into force. We have
picked out 3 pieces of legislation of particular note:-

  • The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2005 – 3
    April 2005

    The rates of statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay and statutory
    adoption pay are increased to £106 per week (or 90% of the person's average
    weekly earnings if that is less than £106).
  • Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations – 4 April 2005

    Limits working time to an average 48-hour week, normally calculated over a
    17-week period (26-week period, subject to agreement). A maximum of 60 hours
    can be worked in a single week, providing the average 48-hour limit is not
    exceeded. Night workers will also be restricted to 10 hours working time for
    any 24-hour period, although again this can be altered by agreement.
  • Information
    and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 – 6
    April 2005

    The Regulations implement the Information and Consultation Directive, which
    establishes a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the
    European Community. The Regulations initially apply to undertakings with 150
    or more employees.

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