5 April 2011: European Works Council (“EWC”) Directive – Member states have until 5 April to give effect to a ‘recast’ Directive.

6 April 2011: Workplace childcare schemes – Reduced tax relief for higher/additional rate taxpayer employees.

1 October 2011: Agency Workers – Final version of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 have now been published and will come into force in 1 October 2011 providing for the right to equal treatment in relation to holidays, hours, breaks and pay if agency workers satisfy the 12-week qualifying period. There are also rights of equal access to facilities and to be informed of vacancies for which there is no qualifying period. Claims will be heard by the employment tribunal within three months.