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

I’m pregnant. What are my legal rights at work?

Finding out you are pregnant can create a whirlwind of emotions. For all the excitement, there’s also  anxiety about the unknown. When it comes to considering how pregnancy will affect your job and finances, confusion often reigns. In this article… 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

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

Live-in carers & minimum wage: FAQs

My role as a carer requires me to be present at work, but allows me to sleep if I have nothing to do. Am I entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for these hours? Recent case law has… 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

Can a ‘worker’ have two employers?

Background The claimant in this case (Dr Day) was engaged by both Health Education England and the NHS has recently won a whistle blowing claim against both employers. In order to succeed against HEE, he first needed to deal with… Read on

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