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The government has completed its consultation on harmonising commencement dates for employment legislation (see bulletins dated 16/10/02, 6/8/02 and 1= 6/5/02).
In order to simplify matters for business, the DTI will set 6th April and 1st October as the two dates each year when domestic employment regulations come into effect (with the exception of the annual increase in compensation limits, which will remain as 1st February).
EC Directives will be implemented on a 'case-by-case' basis, having regard to the commencement dates for domestic regulations. From January 2004, the DTI will publish an annual statement of forthcoming employment regulation.
This announcement implements one of the recommendations of the Better Regulations Taskforce, which reported last year.