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.  

6 April 2011: Right to Request Time Off for Training— Extension of right to all employees to request time off for training, regardless of size now under review. As of 6 April 2010, employers with 250 or more employees have statutory right to request time off akin to the flexible working process.  

April 2011: The Bribery Act 2010—Introduction of a new corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery by individual acting on behalf of an organisation. Possible defence if the organisation can show that it has ‘adequate procedures’ in place which are designed to prevent bribery. Draft guidance refers to risk assessments, top level commitment, training, clear policies, monitoring and review.  

1 October 2011: Agency Workers—Final version of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 now published and the coalition Government has announced it will not amend the legislation. The Regulations currently provide 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 are to be heard by the employment tribunal within three months of the treatment complained about.