Live-in carers & minimum wage: FAQs

My role as a carer requires me to be present at work, but allows me to sleep if I have nothing to do. Am I entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for these hours? Recent case law has… Read on

What is statutory maternity pay?

Statutory maternity pay is given to employees on maternity leave, provided that they had 26 weeks of employment at the 14th week before the birth, and were earning over a certain minimum amount. Employers may pay additional, non-statutory, wages during… Read on

Non-payment of discretionary bonus: new case

We report on a new case dealing with discretionary bonuses and the steps an employer will need to take if not paying. Background The Claimant in this case, Mr Hill, had a bonus scheme with his employer Niksun Inc, which… Read on

Lock v. British Gas : latest on holiday commission payments

British Gas’s appeal against the Employment Tribunal’s decision that holiday pay should include compensation for lost commission has now been heard by the European Court of Justice. Here is how the English Courts responded. Background Whether or not commission should… Read on

Muslim discriminated against by pay scale?

Did the Prison Service’s pay system indirectly discriminate against Muslim prison chaplains? The Prison Service had only employed Muslim chaplains since 2002, but had employed Christian chaplains for some time before that. This meant that Muslim chaplains were generally lower… Read on

Mobile workers – first and last journeys to work

The ECJ has recently held that travelling time at the beginning and the end of the day to and from customers’ premises should count as working time. Background This case concerns a Spanish security company which employs around 75 mobile… Read on

Working time can include travel to and from home

The Advocate General in the European Court has just held that drivers in Spain can count their journeys to and from home at the beginning and the end of the day as working time for the purposes of the Working… Read on

Minimum wage breaches: increased penalty

On 26 May 2015, the maximum penalty per notice of underpayment of the national minimum wage will be £20,000 per employee. This represents a significant increase, as the penalty used to be £20,000 per employer.  … Read on