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4 November 2014

The SEA held its 22nd briefing luncheon at the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Hoyle, on the 4th November 2014.

The SEA held its 22nd Briefing Luncheon at the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Hoyle, on 4th November 2014. The luncheon was attended by Peers, MPs and Industry representatives and we discussed three topics that the sector had concerns with: -

  1. The Working Time Directive and the possibility that overtime, bonuses and commission should all be included in holiday pay calculations and that claims for this might by back-dated to when the Directive came into force. The Lords and MPs explained that as this issue was in the legal system (it was being discussed by an Employment Appeal Tribunal on the day of our luncheon) then it would have to run its course and they would not be able to have any influence on the matter.
     
  2. The Environment Agency’s insistence that waste containing zinc hydroxide should be classified as hazardous following an industry self-classification under REACH. However, it was pointed out that REACH specifically excludes wastes, so we believe the Environment Agency’s interpretation is in-correct. The MPs present agreed to write to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to get the matter clarified.
     
  3. The apparent refusal of the HSE & Environment Agency to include certain aspects of the SEVESO III Directive into the UK COMAH regulations which would have allowed companies to exclude substances from their threshold calculations if they didn’t have the ability to cause a major accident hazard. A further meeting with one of the MPs has been arranged for December to progress this issue.

 

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