The government has recently been circulating adverts promoting the holiday pay awareness campaign. ‘Holiday pay: it comes with the job’ is part of the modern Industrial Strategy, which aims to give employers and workers a better understanding of both workplace rights and responsibilities. Recent research suggests some 1.8 million people currently do not receive the … Continue reading An Update on Holiday Pay
Getting minimum wage obligations right can be challenging for employers, as indicated by the findings of a recent report by the Low Pay Commission. The report found considerable levels of minimum wage underpayment. Overall, the report revealed that underpayment has been steadily increasing since the introduction of the National Living Wage in 2016. Here, we … Continue reading Considering the National Minimum Wage
Retaining staff can sometimes prove to be challenging. One recent report found that UK workers change job, on average, every five years – and that millennials could have been through four different jobs by the time they reach the age of 31. Here, we take a look at ways in which you can help ensure … Continue reading Retaining Staff: Key Areas to Consider
Two recent cases, taken to the Court of Appeal, may go some way to provide reassurance to employers who adopt different approaches to maternity and shared parental pay. The cases of Ali v Capital Customer Management Ltd and Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall both considered whether it was discrimination not to pay full salary … Continue reading Shared Parental Pay Clarification from Court of Appeal
While the exact terms of Brexit remain unclear, the government has continued to move forward with its EU settlement scheme. Introduced earlier this year, the scheme applies to EU citizens entering the UK before 2021, or by the date the UK leaves to EU without a deal, currently 31st October 2019. EU citizens must apply … Continue reading EU Settlement Scheme – Are Your Workers Affected?
An employer can only be found liable for discrimination arising from disability if they knew, or could be expected to know, that the employee had a disability. However, a recent case taken to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) said that an employer, who did not know about the disability at the time of dismissal, can … Continue reading Employers Warned to Be Wary During Course of Dismissals
In a recent case brought by a Spanish trade union, Federación de Servicios de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that employers should have a system for measuring daily working hours for its employees. Under the EU Working Time Directive (WTD) Member states are required to ensure staff … Continue reading European Court Highlights Timely Issue
After a period of some uncertainty, HMRC has confirmed that the Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) regime remains unchanged, and recent research has served to underline the importance of the scheme. What is an EMI? An EMI scheme is an approved employee share scheme which allows employers to offer share options to key employees as a … Continue reading Considering Enterprise Management Incentives
Can discretionary bonuses paid to employees become contractual? In the case of Bluestones Medical Recruitment Ltd V Swinnerton, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) held just that. The claimant had worked for Bluestone in several different roles, eventually as a General Manager. In his earlier roles, his contract referred to him receiving a discretionary bonus. However, … Continue reading Tribunals Case Highlights Need to Be Wary over Employee Bonuses
Haulage contractors and other vehicle operators are being urged to review the employment status of their drivers, following a recent update of the statutory guidance from the Traffic Commissioner. The Commissioner’s update states that it is considered rare for a driver to be genuinely self-employed, unless the individual owns the vehicle they are driving. Even … Continue reading Are Your Drivers Really Self-Employed?