Injury to feelings for no rest breaks?

Was a worker who had been refused unpaid rest breaks entitled to compensation for injury to feelings? The EAT has considered this, and we report on their decision. Background Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, workers are entitled to unpaid… Read on

When staff handbooks become contracts

The Court of Appeal has recently had to consider whether or not provisions in the Department for Transport’s staff handbook were in fact contractual. Background The terms in question related to the DFT’s absence management policy, and the number of… 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

Personal social media at work: ECHR decision

The decision of the European Court of Human Rights about employee’s private use of a Yahoo Messenger account has hit the news in a big way over the last couple of days. We explain the legal rationale behind it. Background… 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

Zero hours exclusivity ban in place

On 26 May 2015 s.153 Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 was brought into force, making exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts unenforceable. There are, as yet, no anti-avoidance measures in place, but the legislation also gives the Secretary… Read on

Holiday pay – Tribunal re-writes WTR

Lock v British Gas has returned to the Tribunal on the issue of commission pay whilst on holiday. We have previously reported on the similar case of Bear Scotland, relating to overtime pay whilst on holiday (see also our guide… Read on

Clause allowing changes to contract effective?

Could school change teacher’s contract, which said it was “subject to variation, depending on the requirements of the school timetable”? Background We have recently reported on two cases where employers have tried to change the terms of their employee’s contracts… Read on

Entrepreneur shareholder an employee despite no pay

The Court of Appeal has held that an investor in a company was an employee despite his substantial shareholding in the business, other business interests, and absence of any remuneration. Background Mr Stack, the Claimant in this case, was the… Read on