01 JUNE 2020
There is still uncertainty when an employer can require a furloughed employee to take annual leave, despite the recent government guidance ‘Holiday entitlement and pay during Coronavirus (COVID-19)’.
01 MAY 2020
Employers should consider which workers will be entitled to carry four weeks’ annual leave forward, for up to two years, and the impact of that on future staffing levels, under new laws saying they can – provided the reason they could not take it in the year it accrued is because of the coronavirus.
01 APRIL 2020
Employers should plan and budget for new rules from 6 April 2020 which say that an employee who is the parent of a child who dies before reaching 18, or who suffers a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy, is entitled to parental bereavement leave.
01 MARCH 2020
Employers should plan and budget for changes to the way holiday pay is calculated for workers who do not work fixed hours, such as casual workers, from 6 April 2020.
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.
01 JANUARY 2020
Employers settling claims by pregnant employees who want the settlement agreement to cover statutory maternity pay (SMP) must expressly mention it in the agreement, otherwise it will not be covered and the employee will be able to claim it separately.
04 NOVEMBER 2019
Employers should note a recent ruling clarifying when a worker has ‘refused’ to comply with a requirement that breaches the working time rules - for example, the worker walks off a shift or does not turn up for work – because of the risk the employer may face a claim for detriment and/or unfair dismissal.
01 SEPTEMBER 2019
Employers with permanent workers who work for part of the time should review how they calculate their paid holiday entitlement, to ensure the UK working time rules are properly applied, following an important ruling.
01 SEPTEMBER 2019
Employers failing to comply with employment law in relation to employees who are in the UK illegally cannot expect to avoid legal claims simply because the employee is employed illegally, a recent ruling makes clear.
01 AUGUST 2019
Employers in Great Britain (GB) should be alert to the prospect of employees (and their unions) claiming for unpaid holiday pay on grounds that the ‘three-month rule’ should not apply, following a ruling in Northern Ireland (NI), allowing them to claim backdated holiday pay that they would not otherwise be entitled to.
This chapter looks at various aspects of employee pay, including: deciding how much to pay; job evaluation; bonuses; National Minimum Wage; deductions from pay.
Working hours and holidays
This chapter looks at the Working Time Regulations 1998; annual holidays; parental leave; Sunday working; the employment of schoolchildren; and flexible working.
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).
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.
Guidance from acas for employers on using paid holiday (‘statutory annual leave’) during the coronavirus pandemic, including requiring staff to take or cancel holiday.
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.
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.
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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