Sports Direct backs down on zero-hours contracts

As part of an out-of-court settlement, Sports Direct has agreed to rewrite its job adverts and employment contracts to make it clear that its zero hours staff (nearly 90% of its workforce) are not guaranteed work. Zahera Gabriel-Abrahem, who was… Read on

Bonus payments discretionary

In the case of Brogden v Investec Bank, the High Court considered whether the amount of a bonus pool was discretionary, meaning that Investec was required to act in good faith in calculating it. The bankers in question had received… Read on

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 an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a type of employment that combines work with learning. Apprenticeships can exist under a traditional, common law, form of agreement, or under a modern apprenticeship agreement. Under the traditional, common law, apprenticeship, the training is the primary… 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

What is a staff handbook?

Staff handbooks, or policies and procedures, supplement and stand in addition to, contracts of employment. They not only set out clear standards of behaviour for employees, but are occasionally required by law, and can help the employer avoid a… Read on

Holding an employee to their notice period

Could an employer hold an employee to the notice period in their contract when they resigned early, in breach of their notice period? Yes, according to the High Court in Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rogers. This meant that the employee… 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

The duty of good faith – how far can it go?

Could an employer be legally bound by a broad statement that they would make no further changes to their pension scheme, even though this was not written into a contract? Yes, where this leads to a reasonable expectation on the… Read on