Flexible Working – a day one right? The government has launched a consultation on whether to make flexible working the default position for employees. This would make it a day one right rather than requiring an employee to have 26 weeks’ service. It is important however to point out that this does not mean an […]
All employers owe a legal duty to their employees to manage the health and safety of their employees. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 imposes a general duty on employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare at work of all of their employees. It sets out […]
JUNE UPDATE Some recent developments in the employment field are set out in this update 1 – Employee reported for eating a sandwich Some employees in customer-facing roles may be banned from for example drinking alcohol when wearing their work uniform in case this sets a bad tone. Recently someone tweeted a picture to her […]
EU Employment Laws after Brexit will be voted in parliament on whether they will be adopted by the UK Brexit is likely to cause some confusion across many tribunal courts and could lead to weaker workers’ rights in the UK, a concerned group of lawyers has cautioned in a report published back in February. Theresa […]
There have been more and more cases coming before the tribunals regarding whether an individual is self-employed, a worker or an employee. Here are the headlines: Can an individual who is paid a quarterly exclusivity payment be an employee? Yes, as held by the EAT in Exmoor Ales v Herriot. The claimant, in this case, worked for the brewery for 27 years providing accountancy services in partnership with her husband. From 2011 onwards, she received quarterly payments from the brewery. She later brought claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination. The brewery argued she was self-employed, paid tax as if self-employed, did employment contracts for other employees but not herself and did not take part in the employee share scheme. Unfortunately, the quarterly payment was held to be an exclusivity payment, she had no right to appoint a substitute and the brewery controlled her work.
#MeToo Last year has seen the impressive march of the #MeToo campaign which has encouraged people to talk about sexual harassment. The extraordinary response to the #MeToo movement includes a fund set by British celebrities that have given more than £2m to women groups across the UK. Harry Potter star, Emma Watson who has donated […]
Under the Working Time Regulations, all employees are entitled to annual leave. Full-time workers have a statutory entitlement of at least 5.6 weeks paid annual leave (which equates to 28 days for someone working five days a week). An employer can specify when holiday should be taken and whether Bank Holidays are included in the entitlement. There […]
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Changes to employment law in 2019 There are some big changes to employment law next year and they could have a considerable impact on how much you will be paid. The new year is a busy month for lots of businesses, and 2019 will be no different, with some big developments in employment law. From […]
Businesses are being reminded that there are just six months to go until new legislation comes into force that requires all workers to be provided with itemised payslips. Itemised payslips follow recommendations made by both the Taylor Review into modern employment practices and a report from the Low Pay Commission which called for employers to make clear the hours which staff were being paid for.