Further to my bulletin of 23rd March 2001 (reproduced below), the Acquired Rights Directive 2001 appeared in the Official Journal on 22nd March 2001. It therefore comes into force on 11th April 2001. Thanks to all those who Emailed me with the date.
Henry Scrope, who is responsible for the excellent www.emplaw.co.uk site, has put together a table comparing the old and new Acquired Rights Directives. It can be accessed via his commentary page on http://www.emplaw.co.uk/cgi-bin/frame/load/data/11001802.htm . Although access to the site normally costs £5+VAT for a 24-hour password, he is offering 24-hour passwords free of charge. Readers can obtain a free trial password by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .