From 1 October National Minimum Wages rates will be increased. Workers aged 22 and over will be entitled to £5.73 per hour, workers aged 18-21 will be entitled to £4.77 per hour and workers aged 16-17 will be entitled to £3.53 per hour.
All pregnant women whose expected week of confinement begins on or after 5 October 2008 will become entitled to the same terms and conditions of employment when on additional maternity leave, as they are in respect of ordinary maternity leave. Similar regulations will apply to adoption leave. There is an exception in relation to pensions and employment related benefit schemes. These benefits will only continue for so long as the employee is receiving statutory or contractual maternity pay.
From 27 October regulations are expected to come into effect giving agency workers with contracts of three months or less, the same access to statutory sick pay (SSP) as other workers. The agency will be required to pay SSP where the worker is already working or has agreed an assignment and satisfies the other qualifying conditions for SSP.
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