New worker protection difficult to implement

November 2003
Management Services;Nov2003, Vol. 47 Issue 11, p7
Academic Journal
Business and financial advisers Grant Thornton have welcomed new measures by the British government to protect workers from excessive hours and unreasonable working patterns, but express concern that the legislation will be difficult to implement and add further burden to business in Great Britain. The regulation affects around 770,000 workers who were omitted from the previous 1998 Working Time Directive. These include non-mobile employees in the road, rail, air and sea transport sectors; mobile workers in the rail and transport sector; and offshore oil and gas workers. These workers will now be protected by law from working more than 48 hours a week and will be entitled to four weeks' paid annual holiday, rest breaks, health assessments for night workers and an 8 hour limit on night working. Furthermore, an EC Equal Treatment Framework Directive will be introduced in December 2003 that will provide new regulations prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, or sexual orientation, and there will be provisions relating to equal pay regulations.


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