The rules on working over contracted hours without pay

Employees’ contracted hours These are set out in the employment contract. You must work your contracted hours, or you will be in breach of contract and potentially at risk of disciplinary proceedings. You only need to work more than your… Read on

What is the law on breaks at work?

The law on breaks at work is governed by the Working Time Regulations 1998 and by an employee’s contract of employment. Rest breaks at work Minimum legal requirements for resting An employee is entitled to an uninterrupted break of… Read on

Can I work while on maternity leave?

Your statutory maternity leave entitlements Statutory maternity leave is 52 weeks. This is divided into: Ordinary Maternity Leave: covers the first 26 weeks Additional Maternity Leave: covers the last 26 weeks. You do not have to take the… Read on

Part-Time Work – Top Employment Law Tips

The rights of part-time workers can sometimes be overlooked. As a part-time worker, you should not be treated less favourably than a full-time worker. Reasons for working part-time One of the main reasons workers choose the part-time option is to… Read on

Emergency volunteering leave

Important new volunteering rights for workers Apart from changing the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) scheme, the Coronavirus Act 2020 has introduced an important new right to emergency volunteering leave for workers. At the time of writing (2 April 2020) the… Read on

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

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

EAT signals that rest breaks must be at least 20 minutes

The Employee Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that, when it comes to compensatory rest periods under regulation 24(a) of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR), the length of the individual break is crucial. Facts Under the WTR, when an adult… Read on

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