What are zero hours contracts?

Zero hours contracts are contracts under which employees or workers agree to work only where the employer makes work available, but there is no certainty that any such work will be made available. Any provision in a zero hours contract… Read on

Study and training rights: what are they?

A legal right to request study or training is given to certain employees. The right only applies to businesses who employee 250 or more people. Furthermore, the training in question needs to relate both to the employee’s own effectiveness, and… Read on

New illegal working offence

A new criminal offence of having “reasonable cause to believe” that an employee does not have the correct immigration status came into force today. The new offence – under s.34 Immigration Act 2016 – is in addition to the exiting… Read on

Injury to feelings for no rest breaks?

Was a worker who had been refused unpaid rest breaks entitled to compensation for injury to feelings? The EAT has considered this, and we report on their decision. Background Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, workers are entitled to unpaid… Read on

When staff handbooks become contracts

The Court of Appeal has recently had to consider whether or not provisions in the Department for Transport’s staff handbook were in fact contractual. Background The terms in question related to the DFT’s absence management policy, and the number of… Read on

Non-payment of discretionary bonus: new case

We report on a new case dealing with discretionary bonuses and the steps an employer will need to take if not paying. Background The Claimant in this case, Mr Hill, had a bonus scheme with his employer Niksun Inc, which… Read on

Personal social media at work: ECHR decision

The decision of the European Court of Human Rights about employee’s private use of a Yahoo Messenger account has hit the news in a big way over the last couple of days. We explain the legal rationale behind it. Background… Read on

Detail of apprenticeships levy announced

The government has announced how much its new apprenticeship levy will be. This was first mooted in the summer budget. It appears that the levy will be set at a rate of 0.5% of an employers pay bill, over £3… Read on

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