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

Detail of apprenticeships levy announced

The government has announced how much its new apprenticeship levy will be. This was first mooted in the summer budget. It appears that the levy will be set at a rate of 0.5% of an employers pay bill, over £3… Read on

Important new case on penalty clauses

For the last 100 years, anyone drafting a contract has had to beware of including “penalty clauses”, for breaches of contract, because they aren’t enforceable. The most typical example is where a contract party has to pay a big fine… 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