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Holiday And Working Time

Bereavement leave: what is it and who will be entitled to it?

The UK is due to introduce a brand-new law on 6 April 2020 for parents who have lost a child, entitling them to bereavement leave. What is bereavement leave? Known as ‘Jack’s Law’, the new rules will give parents up… Read on

Bank holidays: what are employees entitled to?

What are workers’ rights when it comes to bank holidays? While some companies have traditionally given a day in lieu or paid overtime to employees who worked on bank holidays, this is becoming less common. We attempt to unravel some… Read on

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

What is the law on bereavement leave?

Unlike many other countries, there is not currently any specific legal right in the UK for workers to take time off when a family member dies – often referred to as bereavement leave.  However, this is expected to change, in… 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

Is my employer paying me correctly?

The national minimum wage guarantees that every workers is paid a minimum amount for an hour’s work. National minimum wage laws first came into force twenty years ago. The legislation is enforced by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and employers… Read on

Making Ramadan work for Muslim employees

The holy month of Ramadan officially started in the UK on 17 May 2018 and is predicted to end on 14 June, subject to confirmation of the official sighting of the new moon. We consider some practical considerations for Muslim… Read on

Employee travel disruption – how to deal with it

As snow and ice continue to cause disruption across the UK, many organisations will be forced to close but what are employers’ rights and obligations in such circumstances? Do we have to pay employees who can’t get into work? An… Read on

Guide: how much holiday pay?

How much should you pay your staff when they are on holiday? Should you pay them their basic salary only? Or should you include commission, overtime or bonuses? And how should this be calculated? We explain the ins and outs… 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

Top tips for references

Our clients are often asking us what their obligations are when it comes to providing references for ex-employees, and here are our top tips. When providing references, employers owe various legal duties both to the new employer and to the… Read on

Working time can include travel to and from home

The Advocate General in the European Court has just held that drivers in Spain can count their journeys to and from home at the beginning and the end of the day as working time for the purposes of the Working… Read on