EU Employment Directives

EU Employment-Related Directives for which the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) has UK Responsibility

Subject

Required implementation date for UK

(whether yet implemented — Yes, No or Partial)

Relevant UK legislation

Safeguarding employees’ rights in transfers of undertakings & businesses (Acquired Rights Directive)

1979

(Yes)

Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 

Protection of employees in the event of their employer’s insolvency

1983

(Yes)

Employer’s obligation to inform employees of conditions applicable to the contract or employment relationship

1993

(Yes)

Employment Rights Act 1996

Organisation of working time

1996

(Yes)

Working Time Regulations 1998

Horizontal Amending Directive’ – Extending the Directive on organisation of working time to excluded sectors and activities (road, rail, air sea, inland waterway and lake transport, seafishing, offshore work and junior doctors)

2003 and 2004**

(Yes)

The Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2003

Protection of young people at work

1996 and 2000

(Yes)

Working Time Regulations 1998

Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2002

Establishment of a European Works Council or a procedure for informing and consulting employees

See below

 

Parental leave

See below

 

Posting of workers

1999

(Yes)

Extending to the UK the Directive on establishment of a European Works Council or a procedure for informing and consulting employees

1999

(Yes)

Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 1999

Extending to the UK the Directive on parental leave

1999

(Yes)

Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999, last amended in 2006.  

Part-time work

2000

(Yes)

Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000

Collective redundancies

(NB: This Directive consolidated two earlier directives)

1994

(Yes)

Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992

Fixed-term work

2002

(Yes)

Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002

Summer time arrangements

2001

(Yes)

Summer Time Act 1972
Summer Time Order 2002

European Company Statute: Employee Involvement 

 

2004

(Yes)

The European Public Limited-Liability Company Regulations 2004

Equal treatment in employment and occupation

(Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability and age in employment and vocational training is prohibited by Directive 2000/78/EC (“Framework Directive”)).

2003 and 2006

(Yes)

(Implementation completed in 2006 having made use of additional time allowed under the Directive to implement the age strand of the Directive)

The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003; The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003; The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
National information and consultation of employees2005

(Yes)

The Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004

 
The burden of proof in cases of sex discrimination; and the meaning of indirect discrimination 

2001

(Yes)

Sex discrimination (Indirect Discrimination and Burden of Proof) Regulations 2001
Amending the 1976 directive on equal treatment for men and women in employment and vocational training

2005

(Yes)

CLG has responsibility for the implementing regulations
Cross Border Mergers

2007

(No)

 

* Other relevant British legislation already covered posted workers, eg: legislation on the employment of children, on health and safety, the Working Time Regulations 1998  and the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.

** 2004 for junior doctors