Consultation Begins on the Working Time Directive

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The EU Commission has issued a consultation on the Working Time Directive, with the aim of producing an impact assessment of options for reform. This marks a change in activity given the stalemate over recent years – in essence, there is agreement that the Directive is no longer fit for purpose, but there has been to date no agreement on how to fix it.

The consultation closes in March next year and the impact assessment is expected during 2015.

Government Introduce Cap on Back Dated Holiday Pay Claims

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Currently workers bringing claims for unpaid wages can recover historic shortfalls in their pay over an unlimited period, provided there is a series of deductions from their pay and their claim is filed within three months of the last shortfall in pay. Yesterday (18 December 2014) the government introduced the Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014 which will limit claims for deductions from pay filed on or after 1 July 2015 to deductions which occurred in the two year period before the claim is filed.

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