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Name: Employment Act 2008 (c.24).
Country: United Kingdom
Subject(s): Freedom of association, collective bargaining and industrial relations
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2008-11-13
Entry into force:
ISN: GBR-2008-L-80588
Bibliography: Act on-line Act on-line Office of Public Sector Information, United Kingdom (consulted on 2009-01-29)
Abstract/Citation: Sections 1-7 make certain changes to the law relating to dispute resolution in the workplace.
Sections 8-12 make changes to the enforcement of the national minimum wage
Section 13 clarifies that Cadet Force Adult Volunteers do not qualify for the national minimum wage.
Section 14 amends section 44 of the National Minimum Wage Act (NMWA) 1998 to broaden the type of expenses that can be reimbursed to voluntary workers without triggering eligibility for the national minimum wage.
Sections 15-16 amend the employment agency standards enforcement regime by making offences under the Employment Agencies Act (EAA) 1973 each way offences and conferring additional inspection powers on the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate.
Section 17 enables partners to be prosecuted where offences have been committed by partnerships in Scotland and any of the partners are culpable.
Section 18 allows officers appointed under the NMWA 1998 and officers appointed under the EAA 1973 to share information with each other for the purpose of their respective enforcement functions.
Section 19 amends trade union membership law to ensure UK compliance with the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on Aslef v UK 1. The amendments enable trade unions to apply membership rules which prohibit individuals who belong or who have belonged to a particular political party from membership of the trade union provided certain conditions are satisfied.
Sections 20-23 deal with general details of the Act.
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