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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 a settlement agreement?

A settlement agreement is a special type of agreement through which an employee can settle claims against an employer. An employee cannot contract out of their legal rights to bring employment claims to a tribunal unless this is done… 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 does TUPE mean?

TUPE stands for ‘Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006’. These are a set of rules that are designed to protect the employment rights of staff when the organisation they are working in is sold or transferred to someone… Read on

What is unfair dismissal?

Unfair Dismissal is the name given to a claim that some employees can make to an employment tribunal to challenge an employer’s decision to dismiss them. Dismissals can either be unfair because of the procedure that was followed, or because… 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 victimisation?

Victimisation is a particular form of unlawful discrimination where a worker suffers a detriment because they have either made a complaint of discrimination themselves, or have supported someone else in making such a complaint. Whether you are an employee or… Read on

What is whistle-blowing?

‘Whistle-blowing’ is making a ‘public interest disclosure’. UK law protects workers from being badly treated because they ‘blow the whistle’ on wrong-doing within their employer’s organisation. Not everyone who alleges that their employer has done something wrong is protected in… 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

What is wrongful dismissal?

Wrongful dismissal occurs when an employer dismisses a member of staff without giving them the required period of notice, unless the employee had committed an act of gross misconduct. An employee would normally have a claim for pay for the… Read on