Public Interest Disclosure Bill - continued        House of Commons

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Work outside Great Britain.     12. - (1) Section 196 of the 1996 Act (employment outside Great Britain) is amended as follows.
      (2) After subsection (3) there is inserted-
    "(3A) Part IVA and section 47B do not apply to employment where under the worker's contract he ordinarily works outside Great Britain."
      (3) In subsection (5), after "subsections (2)" there is inserted ", (3A)".
Police officers.     13. In section 200 of the 1996 Act (police officers), in subsection (1) (which lists provisions of the Act which do not apply to employment under a contract of employment in police service, or to persons engaged in such employment)-
    (a) after "Part III" there is inserted ", Part IVA", and
    (b) after "47" there is inserted ", 47B".
Remedy for infringement of rights.     14. In section 205 of the 1996 Act (remedy for infringement of certain rights) after subsection (1) there is inserted-
    "(1A) In relation to the right conferred by section 47B, the reference in subsection (1) to an employee has effect as a reference to a worker."
Interpretative provisions of 1996 Act.     15. - (1) At the end of section 230 of the 1996 Act (employees, workers etc) there is inserted-
    "(6) This section has effect subject to sections 43K and 47B(3); and for the purposes of Part XIII so far as relating to Part IVA or section 47B, "worker", "worker's contract" and, in relation to a worker, "employer", "employment" and "employed" have the extended meaning given by section 43K."
      (2) In section 235 of the 1996 Act (other definitions) after the definition of "position" there is inserted-
    ""protected disclosure" has the meaning given by section 43A,".
Dismissal of those taking part in unofficial industrial action.     16. - (1) In section 237 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (dismissal of those taking part in unofficial industrial action), in subsection (1A) (which provides that the exclusion of the right to complain of unfair dismissal does not apply in certain cases)-
    (a) for "or 103" there is substituted ", 103 or 103A", and
    (b) for "and employee representative cases)" there is substituted "employee representative and protected disclosure cases)".
Corresponding provision for Northern Ireland.     17. An Order in Council under paragraph 1(1)(b) of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Act 1974 (legislation for Northern Ireland in the interim period) which states that it is made only for purposes corresponding to those of this Act-
    (a) shall not be subject to paragraph 1(4) and (5) of that Schedule (affirmative resolution of both Houses of Parliament), but
    (b) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
Short title, interpretation, commencement and extent.     18. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.
      (2) In this Act "the 1996 Act" means the Employment Rights Act 1996.
      (3) Subject to subsection (4), this Act shall come into force on such day or days as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint, and different days may be appointed for different purposes.
      (4) The following provisions shall come into force on the passing of this Act-
    (a) section 1 so far as relating to the power to make an order under section 43F of the 1996 Act,
    (b) section 8 so far as relating to the power to make regulations under section 127B of the 1996 Act,
    (c) section 17, and
    (d) this section.
      (5) This Act, except section 17, does not extend to Northern Ireland.
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