Bank holidays: bonus or booby prize?

We have just celebrated St. George’s Day in England and Jeremy Corbyn has promised to introduce a  new bank holiday to celebrate it, if he wins the next election. But just what are workers’ rights when it comes to bank… Read on

EAT signals that rest breaks must be at least 20 minutes

The Employee Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that, when it comes to compensatory rest periods under regulation 24(a) of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR), the length of the individual break is crucial. Facts Under the WTR, when an adult… Read on

Live-in carers & minimum wage: FAQs

My role as a carer requires me to be present at work, but allows me to sleep if I have nothing to do. Am I entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for these hours? Recent case law has… Read on

Holiday pay: new decision

The long running litigation in Bear Scotland has reached the Employment Appeal Tribunal again. The Court has confirmed that a gap of 3 months or more in any underpayments of wages will break the “series of deductions” for unlawful deduction… Read on

Can a ‘worker’ have two employers?

Background The claimant in this case (Dr Day) was engaged by both Health Education England and the NHS has recently won a whistle blowing claim against both employers. In order to succeed against HEE, he first needed to deal with… Read on

Sleeping-in: pay?

When does a requirement to sleep for work count as time that should be paid? The EAT has given clear guidelines. Background Under Regulation 32 of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015, workers are entitled to be paid when they… Read on

Six key points about the rules on working time

Working Time Regulations apply to all types of workers and sets limits to govern the hours most workers can work. The six key points the Working Time Regulations provide rights to are: To work a maximum of 48 hours per Read on

Gov’t employment status report published

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a report dealing with employment status. This is timely, with the so-called ‘gig economy’ coming increasingly under the spotlight. The report recognises the difficulty employers face deciding whether the… Read on