New Employment Laws Come Into Force

David Reid
20th Mar 2009

Recently, it was announced a number of new employment laws will come into force during April 2009.

General employment law changes


The most important ones are as follows:


1 April 2009 – Increase in Statutory Annual Holiday Entitlement

The statutory annual leave entitlement under the Working Time Regulations 1998 will be increased from 4.8 weeks to 5.6 weeks. This means that an employee working five days per week will be entitled to 28 days annual leave. Employers can still count Public and Bank Holidays towards discharging this obligation.


6 April 2009 – Dispute Resolution Procedures

The statutory dispute resolution procedures will be abolished.


6 April 2009 – Extension of Flexible Working to Parents of Older Children

The right to request flexible working will be extended to parents of children up to the age of 16.


6 April 2009 – New P45 Forms

HMRC has introduced new P45 forms, which must be used from 6 April 2009. The old ones will become invalid from that date. The new P45s are A4 in size rather than A5 and contain extra fields for the employee’s date of birth and gender. They can be viewed here.


6 April 2009 – The Employment Act 2008

The remaining provisions of the Employment Act 2008 come into force on this date, covering National Minimum Wage enforcement and expulsion from trade union membership.

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