What does “without prejudice” mean?

Discussions between an employer and an employee are “without prejudice” where the discussion is with a view to settling an existing claim. This means that, where there is an Employment Tribunal claim, or a dispute that might lead… 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

Should ‘on-call’ workers get paid?

Do workers ‘on-call’, but not working, need to actually be at the workplace for the purposes of calculating working time, and therefore entitlement to pay, rest, holiday etc.? No, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Truslove… Read on

What are unlawful deductions?

‘Unlawful deductions from wages’ refers to money taken from worker’s wages without proper authority. There are circumstances in which an employer can legitimately make deductions, for example to recover an overpayment of wages or to enforce a court order. Other… 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