Should payslips specify pay deductions?

Yes, or the employer may have to forfeit the debt said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Ridge v HM Land Registry. Background Mr Ridge had exhausted his sick pay entitlement. His pay was adjusted by his employer for the month-end… 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

Financial penalty for employee possible

Was the employer legally entitled to charge an employee an amount of money for not working their notice, in addition to not paying them for his time? Yes, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Li v First Marine Solutions Read on

Banning exclusivity in zero hours contracts

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, recently announced that the government will ban the use of exclusivity clauses (tying the employee to the employer) in contracts which do not guarantee hours of work. The announcement was made in response to the… Read on

Reclaiming recruitment and training costs

Can an employer deduct recruitment fees and/or training fees from the unpaid wages of a departing member of staff? Yes it can, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Cleeve Link v Bryla. Background In this case,… Read on

Zero hours contracts blessing or curse?

Over the summer, zero hours contracts have come into sharp focus with their use being debated by trades unions, government departments and business leaders. So what are they, and are they a good or bad thing? A zero hours contract… Read on

Employee shareholder contracts

From 1st September 2013 employers will be able to offer employee shareholder contracts to new recruits. In return for granting shares to a value of between £2,000 and £50,000, employees who accept this type of contract give up a number… Read on

New year, new employment law challenges

The number of employment law changes planned for each new year never seems to diminish, whichever government is in place. It looks as if 2013 will be no exception, but the year will bring both challenges and opportunities for businesses.… Read on

New type of owner/employment contract announced

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has announced a new type of employment contract under which employees will be able to give up some of their employment rights in return for shares in the company. The proposal, which is… Read on