Banning exclusivity in zero hours contracts

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, recently announced that the government will ban the use of exclusivity clauses (tying the employee to the employer) in contracts which do not guarantee hours of work. The announcement was made in response to the… Read on

Reclaiming recruitment and training costs

Can an employer deduct recruitment fees and/or training fees from the unpaid wages of a departing member of staff? Yes it can, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Cleeve Link v Bryla. Background In this case,… Read on

Zero hours contracts blessing or curse?

Over the summer, zero hours contracts have come into sharp focus with their use being debated by trades unions, government departments and business leaders. So what are they, and are they a good or bad thing? A zero hours contract… Read on

Employee shareholder contracts

From 1st September 2013 employers will be able to offer employee shareholder contracts to new recruits. In return for granting shares to a value of between £2,000 and £50,000, employees who accept this type of contract give up a number… Read on

New year, new employment law challenges

The number of employment law changes planned for each new year never seems to diminish, whichever government is in place. It looks as if 2013 will be no exception, but the year will bring both challenges and opportunities for businesses.… Read on

New type of owner/employment contract announced

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has announced a new type of employment contract under which employees will be able to give up some of their employment rights in return for shares in the company. The proposal, which is… Read on

Film extra and journalist intern wage victories

In Tribunal decisions heavily backed and publicised by the NUJ and Equity, an unpaid film extra and journalist have won claims for wages. As they won their claims on the basis that they were workers they will also be entitled… Read on

Agency worker not an employee

We are always interested in Court of Appeal decisions. Other than the Supreme Court (which was the House of Lords) this is the highest court in the UK. As a general rule, employment claims will start in the Employment Tribunal… Read on

What is a restrictive covenant?

A restrictive covenant is a term in a contract that prevents you from doing something after your employment has ended such as contacting the customers of your previous employer. Such covenants may be unenforceable unless they go no further than… Read on