Forced repayment of training costs lawful

Was it lawful for a company to force their employee to repay their training costs even though this effectively took them below the minimum wage? Yes it was, where the contract was clear about this, and the dismissal was the… Read on

Return of confidential information not possible

Could a company force a director to return confidential documents when there was no clause dealing with this in his employment contract? No it couldn’t, said the High Court in Eurasian Natural Resources v. Judge. Companies will want to make… Read on

Holiday pay/overtime important update

We report on the latest development in the claims for underpaid holiday, and the decision that non-guaranteed overtime should be included in the cases going under the banner Bear Scotland v. Fulton. The Bear case was one of a group… Read on

Sports Direct backs down on zero-hours contracts

As part of an out-of-court settlement, Sports Direct has agreed to rewrite its job adverts and employment contracts to make it clear that its zero hours staff (nearly 90% of its workforce) are not guaranteed work. Zahera Gabriel-Abrahem, who was… Read on

Bonus payments discretionary

In the case of Brogden v Investec Bank, the High Court considered whether the amount of a bonus pool was discretionary, meaning that Investec was required to act in good faith in calculating it. The bankers in question had received… Read on

Should payslips specify pay deductions?

Yes, or the employer may have to forfeit the debt said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Ridge v HM Land Registry. Background Mr Ridge had exhausted his sick pay entitlement. His pay was adjusted by his employer for the month-end… Read on

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a type of employment that combines work with learning. Apprenticeships can exist under a traditional, common law, form of agreement, or under a modern apprenticeship agreement. Under the traditional, common law, apprenticeship, the training is the primary… Read on

What is a contract of employment?

A contract of employment is any legally enforceable agreement between an employer and an employee. This means that a contract of employment can exist even where there is nothing in writing, so long as there is an oral agreement. Legal… Read on

What is a staff handbook?

Staff handbooks, or policies and procedures, supplement and stand in addition to, contracts of employment. They not only set out clear standards of behaviour for employees, but are occasionally required by law, and can help the employer avoid a… Read on

Holding an employee to their notice period

Could an employer hold an employee to the notice period in their contract when they resigned early, in breach of their notice period? Yes, according to the High Court in Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rogers. This meant that the employee… Read on