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

The duty of good faith – how far can it go?

Could an employer be legally bound by a broad statement that they would make no further changes to their pension scheme, even though this was not written into a contract? Yes, where this leads to a reasonable expectation on the… Read on

Employee shareholders – all you really need to know

Employers can now offer shares to their staff, in exchange for certain legal rights. Employee shareholders will have fewer rights than normal employees. They will not have any rights to redundancy payments or unfair dismissal. They will have no rights… 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

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

What is statutory annual leave?

Statutory annual leave is the legal minimum amount of paid leave that almost all employees and workers (including casual and agency staff) are entitled to. This is currently 28 days. In the UK this usually includes the 8 statutory bank… Read on

What are the Working Time Regulations?

The Working Time regulations are a set of rules that govern how many hours people should work each week, what breaks they are entitled to, and how much holiday they should get. They were introduced as a health and safety… Read on