ECJ rules foster parents are not workers

The European Court has ruled that work performed by foster parents under contracts with a pubic authority does not fall within the scope of the Working Time Directive (WTD). Consequently, foster parents are not entitled to paid rest periods or… Read on

Addison Lee drivers were workers entitled to NMW and paid holidays

In another important ruling regarding employment status, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a tribunal’s decision that drivers employed by Addison Lee were not self-employed (as their contracts stated) but, were actually workers providing personal service. The tribunal was… 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

Courier was not self-employed rules EAT

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed a tribunal’s decision that an Addison Lee bike courier was a worker and not a self-employed, independent contractor. The consequence of this finding is that the courier will be entitled to holiday pay… Read on

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

When does “stand-by” time count as working time?

Workers are sometimes required to be on stand-by, meaning their employer can contact them or they may be called into work. But when does such “stand-by” time count as working time? That was the question recently considered by the European… Read on

Sickness whilst on holiday – the current position

One of the most confusing areas of employment law in recent years has concerned the impact of sickness absence on employees’ entitlement to statutory holiday and holiday pay. These issues have been examined at judicial levels from Employment Tribunals to… 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

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