• A new EU works council directive looks a certainty, following its approval by the EU Parliament. Once the EU Council has confirmed its agreement, the UK government intends to consult on its implementation. The aim of the changes is to clarify certain concepts and increase the use of European Works Councils. Further details are here.
  • The EU Council's proposal to retain a limited working time opt-out from the 48 hour week has been rejected by the EU Parliament. If agreement is not reached by May 2009, the status quo (including the opt-out) will be preserved.  
  • Although the EU Directive on Temporary Agency Work does not have to be implemented until 5 December 2011, the government has recently confirmed that it still hopes to introduce the necessary legislation in the current Parliamentary session, following consultation (see here).
  • Acas is consulting until 16 March 2009 on a revised Code of Practice on rights to time off for trade union activities and guidance on time off rights for other employee representatives (see here).