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Working practices and pay

Articles, books and online guidance concerning the laws and regulations on working hours and employee pay and benefits.

Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

Case law: TUPE rules may protect ‘workers’ as well as employees

01 JANUARY 2020

Businesses involved in a ‘service provision change’ under TUPE, such as where a client replaces one contractor with another, should consider whether workers – as well as employees from the first contractor - are protected by the TUPE rules, so that the second contractor must take them on and preserve their existing employment rights.

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National Insurance

Robert Maas Bloomsbury Professional April 2020

Clearly laid-out chapter on national insurance, covering tax issues related to UK employers and their staff.

Paying staff

This chapter looks at various aspects of employee pay, including: deciding how much to pay; job evaluation; bonuses; National Minimum Wage; deductions from pay.

Handling organizational change

This chapter looks at organizational change and includes sections on: Changes in responsibilities; Changes to processes and procedures; Obtaining commitment to change; Relocation; and business transfers (Transfer of Undertakings [Protection of employment] Regulations or TUPE).

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.

Holiday and leave during coronavirus


<p>Guidance from Acas for employers on using paid holiday (&lsquo;statutory annual leave&rsquo;) during the coronavirus pandemic, including requiring staff to take or cancel holiday and advice on carrying over holiday.</p>

Flexible working and work-life balance

Acas June 2015

Acas guide outlining important considerations for employers of all sizes when implementing flexible working practices. The guide covers the potential benefits and challenges of different types of flexible working: flexitime, part-time work, overtime, job sharing, compressed hours, shift work, annualised hours, term-time working, temporary working/fixed-term contracts, sub-contracting, zero hours contracts, homeworking, mobile working and hot-desking.

Help for small firms: Handling pay and wages


Acas tool aimed at small firms and line and team managers in larger organisations. The steps cover how to prevent pay problems arising, from choosing a pay system to statutory pay during absences from work and factors affecting pay when employment ends.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Why do we still have unpaid interns?

The article describes the continued prevalence of unpaid internships in Great Britain which affects social mobility and is considered illegal in many cases. It is estimated that between 70,000 and 100,000 unpaid internships take place in Great Britain each year. According to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, more than 550 warning letters have been sent to companies over the previous three months, as of April 2018. Interns classed as workers should be paid at least the national minimum wage.

Sick pay for 'flexible' workers

The article reports on the British government's launch of consultations relating to the rights of part-time and flexible workers including sick pay and holiday entitlements and clarification of their employment status.

Who needs the Working Time Regulations?

The article discusses the Working Time Regulations (WTR) related to employment of people in Great Britain marking its 20th anniversary as of 2018. Topics discussed include the regulations in practice such as workers not working more than 48 hours and right to paid annual leave of at least four weeks with public holidays.

More than 9 to 5

Today a good job means more than a living wage; raising employee engagement can mean sharing the company’s success with employees. Companies with employee stock ownership plans report significantly higher sales growth and higher revenue per employee. However, virtually all the gains go to those that create an ownership culture, by building in participative management and helping employees learn to think and act like owners.

How a Yorkshire law firm's focus on agile working has attracted top talent and clients

The article focuses on the legal firm of Tapestry Compliance in Yorkshire, England, noted for its flexible and agile working schedule for its lawyers. The firm offers a better work and life balance for its lawyers, atypical for the profession. Flexible working time suits the legal firm's international clients

Tribunal fees are finished

The Supreme Court in Great Britain has ruled against employment tribunal fees in a case brought by trade union Unison. The article looks at the impact of fees on the number of claims, the prevention of claims through internal policies, and the government's obligation to pay back fees paid since 2013.

Most employment rights 'indispensable', says businesses. Survey finds majority want to avoid post-Brexit 'bonfire'

The article reports on the results of a survey to determine what laws employers feel are indispensable, despite Great Britain withdrawing from the European Union. It mentions unfair dismissal laws, minimum wage laws, as well as those laws regarding parental leave.

Does work experience have to be paid?

The article discusses how the Pret A Manger Holdings Ltd. sandwich company has changed its policy regarding a plan to offer unpaid work experience (internships) to high school and college students between the ages of 16 and 18 in Great Britain, and it mentions criticism and boycotts, as well as the claim that an employer must pay anyone who meets the legal definition of the term worker. Great Britain's national minimum wage law and the problems associated with free labour are assessed.

She only makes tea and sweeps the floor

The article presents several excuses for employers failing to pay staff the national minimum wage in Great Britain that were published by HMRC, including the exemption of foreign workers from British wage laws, accountant's and employees speaking a different language, and employees still training or learning the job.

Will shared parental leave ever work?

Article looks at legislation passed in 2015 allowing shared parental leave in the UK. Topics covered include possible reform due to low uptake due to the structure and employment-related barriers for fathers.

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Useful links

The Taylor Review
An independent review of modern working practices.

Contracts of employment and working hours
Guidance from GOV.UK for employers covering flexible working, maximum weekly working hours, overtime, Sunday working, part-time workers' rights and other topics.

FedEE review of minimum wage rates
The Federation of European Employers provides a table of gross statutory minimum wage rates for countries across Europe.

Working Time Regulations: impact on the UK labour market
Review of the effect compliance with the European Working Time Directive has had on the UK labour market.

An employer’s guide to right to work checks
Home Office guidance on the prevention of illegal working, including recent updates to employment regulations.

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