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What is statutory annual leave?

Statutory annual leave is the legal minimum amount of paid holiday that almost all workers (including casual and agency staff) are entitled to. This is currently 28 days. In the UK this usually includes the 8 statutory bank holidays (although… Read on

What does TUPE mean?

TUPE stands for  the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. These regulations are designed to protect the employment rights of staff when the business or undertaking they are working in is sold or transferred to someone else. TUPE… Read on

What is unfair dismissal?

Unfair Dismissal is a statutory employment claim that eligible employees can bring in an employment tribunal. Employers are not entitled to dismiss employees for no reason, but can only do so for one of the five, potentially fair reasons: misconduct,… Read on

What are unlawful deductions?

‘Unlawful deductions from wages’ refers to money taken from worker’s wages by their employer without proper authority. Employees have legal protection against such deductions and may bring a claim in the employment tribunal in respect of any such deductions made… 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. Both employees and ex-employees are protected… Read on

What are the Working Time Regulations?

The Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) are a set of legal rules that govern workers’ hours, daily and weekly rest breaks and paid annual leave. They implement in the UK, the European Working Time Directive which was introduced as a… Read on

What is wrongful dismissal?

Wrongful dismissal occurs when an employer dismisses someone without giving them any, or the correct, period of notice specified in their contract of employment. This is a dismissal in breach of contract which entitles the employee to recover damages for… Read on

What is a basic award?

A Basic Award is a financial award made by an Employment Tribunal where a claim for unfair dismissal is successful. This is calculated in the same way as a statutory redundancy payment, based on age, length of service and week’s… Read on

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