Summer holiday childcare: your rights at work

As schools start their long summer holiday, working parents face the annual childcare headache. For many families this involves juggling a patch-work of arrangements. Inevitably, there may be times during the summer months when things don’t run smoothly for those… Read on

Annual leave: giving employers notice of holiday

All full-time workers in the UK are entitled to a statutory minimum of 28 days (5.6 weeks) paid annual leave each year. This leave entitlement usually includes the eight statutory annual bank holidays. Part-time workers are entitled to annual… Read on

Ramadan: a legal checklist for the workplace

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began in the UK this year on Sunday 5 May and will last until Tuesday 4 June. The exact dates depend upon the lunar cycle and so these change every year. During Ramadan most… Read on

ECJ rules foster parents are not workers

The European Court has ruled that work performed by foster parents under contracts with a pubic authority does not fall within the scope of the Working Time Directive (WTD). Consequently, foster parents are not entitled to paid rest periods or… Read on

Addison Lee drivers were workers entitled to NMW and paid holidays

In another important ruling regarding employment status, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a tribunal’s decision that drivers employed by Addison Lee were not self-employed (as their contracts stated) but, were actually workers providing personal service. The tribunal was… Read on

Courier was not self-employed rules EAT

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed a tribunal’s decision that an Addison Lee bike courier was a worker and not a self-employed, independent contractor. The consequence of this finding is that the courier will be entitled to holiday pay… Read on

Sickness whilst on holiday – the current position

One of the most confusing areas of employment law in recent years has concerned the impact of sickness absence on employees’ entitlement to statutory holiday and holiday pay. These issues have been examined at judicial levels from Employment Tribunals to… Read on