£42,000 auto-enrolment penalty

The Pensions Regulator has recently raised a £42,000 penalty for failure to comply with the auto-enrolment rules. The company in questions is Johnsons Shoe Company, and the excuse that it was “too busy” to comply with the auto-enrolment rules did… Read on

Can a ‘worker’ have two employers?

Background The claimant in this case (Dr Day) was engaged by both Health Education England and the NHS has recently won a whistle blowing claim against both employers. In order to succeed against HEE, he first needed to deal with… Read on

Santander’s way around zero hours contracts

As recent articles in the press have reported, Santander has introduced new contracts in an effort to circumvent the new rules limiting the use of zero hours contracts. Zero-hour contracts have been much in the news recently. A relatively recent… Read on

Asperger Syndrome: multiple choice was discrimination

Was an applicant with Asperger Syndrome put at a particular disadvantage by a multiple choice test? Was this form of assessment justified? Background We report on a recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Government Legal… Read on

Sleeping-in: pay?

When does a requirement to sleep for work count as time that should be paid? The EAT has given clear guidelines. Background Under Regulation 32 of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015, workers are entitled to be paid when they… Read on

Latest case on worker status: Excel Cycle Couriers

We report on the latest case where a major user of so called freelance staff has been caught out. Background Courier companies are currently the focus of attention when it comes to employment/worker status. City Sprint has been decided in… Read on

“Oh ****, she’s pregnant”

We report on a case where the redundancy of an employee returning from maternity leave was tainted by sex discrimination. Background In this case, Fidessa Plc v. Lancaster, Ms Lancaster was made redundant after returning from her second period of… Read on

April 2017 Employment Legislation Changes.

It’s that time of year again when the Government introduces a range of changes to the law affecting employers. As you get ready for the next financial year here are a number headlines to consider. Apprenticeship Levy – The much… Read on