What are maternity and parental rights?

Maternity and parental rights refer to a large number of rights given to working parents under UK employment law. The rights are to maternity leave, maternity pay, paternity leave, paternity pay, adoption leave, adoption pay, parental leave (unpaid), shared parental… Read on

What are flexible working requests?

A flexible working request is a request to alter working times or conditions. Requests can be made for any reason, but need to be made in the correct format by employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service. Once a… Read on

New case on childcare vouchers

The EAT has recently made a decision as to whether it was discriminatory to suspend childcare vouchers during maternity leave which were provided through a salary sacrifice scheme. Background The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999 only suspend “remuneration” during… Read on

39% of over 50s prefer flexible working before retirement

Following the UK’s silver workforce gaining the right to request flexible working last summer (recap here), a Government poll just published shows that 39% of over 50s not currently retired said that working part time or flexible hours before stopping… Read on

Government limits backdated holiday pay claims

On 8 January 2015, The Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014 will come into force. These regulations establish, from 1 July 2015, a two-year limitation on how far back in time workers’ employment tribunal claims can go to recover the… Read on

Timing of redundancy during maternity leave

In the case of Sefton Borough Council v Wainwright 2014, the EAT held that: An employee on maternity leave was entitled to be offered a suitable alternative post as soon as the employer created the new post in the restructure… Read on

Was compulsory retirement at 70 legal?

Yes, said the employment tribunal in White v Ministry of Justice. Background Mr White was a retired circuit judge. He claimed that the Ministry of Justice’s statutory requirement to retire at age 70 was age discrimination. He argued that, at… Read on

Shared parental leave now in force

The intricate regulations dealing with shared parental leave and shared parental pay came into force on 1 December 2014. The regulations let both parents share parental leave during the first year after the child’s birth or adoption, with an entitlement… 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

Round-up of Employment Law Changes in October 2014

National Minimum Wage The new rates of National Minimum Wage for the year 1 October 2014 – 30 September are published: Read the current rates of NMW here Equal pay audits Employment Tribunals must order an equal pay audit upon… Read on