A Rising and Brooding Omnipresence in the Sky – European Union Laws
A former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, once described European Union Law as being such that it would rise and flow into every aspect of English life. The law of the European Union would have a huge impact on the Laws of England and Wales.
The European Union’s lawmakers produce on average one hundred pieces of legislation each year and they now reach almost every part of English life.
We outline below some of the best known European Union Laws:
- The Working Time Directive . This Directive stipulates a minimum of four weeks’holiday, a maximum weekly working time limit of forty –eight hours and a minimum rest period of twenty minutes in any shift of more than six hours.
- Part-time Worker’s Regulation. Entitles people who work part-time to claim the same contractual rights as full-time workers when their work is broadly similar. This includes salary, holiday, sick pay and pensions.
- Agency Worker Directive. Changes that come into effect in October 2011 will give agency workers employed by the same business for twelve weeks the same rights, including salary, holiday leave and bonuses, as full-time staff.
- Beaches. European Union Law outlines the cleanliness guidelines on water quality at beaches to limit the amount of bacteria in the water where people can swim.
- Cheap Internet Access . The “local loop” network provision gave everyone in Europe cheaper Internet access by increasing the number of companies able to provide access to the web.
- Food. Under European Union Law ingredients used in food products must be listed. Any genetically modified ingredients must be clearly marked, as must colouring, preservatives, sweeteners and other chemical additives.