The key employment law changes taking effect from 1 October 2011 are:
Agency Workers Regulations 2010
The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 will come into force. Their aim is to ensure that after a 12-week qualifying period agency workers receive the same “basic working and employment conditions”, as if they were employed directly by the hirer into that role.
• Duration of working time
• Length of night work
• Rest periods and breaks
• Holiday entitlement
For more details information on the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 and a link to our detailed bulletin, see our employment blog post of 28 June 2011 here.
Increase in National Minimum Wage
• The adult rate (for workers aged 21 and over) will increase by 15p from £5.93 to £6.08 per hour.
• The rate for workers aged 18-20 will increase by 6p from £4.92 to £4.98 per hour.
• The rate for workers aged 16-17 will increase by 4p from £3.64 to £3.68 per hour.
The rate for apprentices will increase by 10p from £2.50 to £2.60 per hour.