Round-up of Employment Law Changes in October 2014

National Minimum Wage The new rates of National Minimum Wage for the year 1 October 2014 – 30 September are published: Read the current rates of NMW here Equal pay audits Employment Tribunals must order an equal pay audit upon… Read on

Emergency time off and contacting your employer

In the case of Ellis v Ratcliff Palfinger Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that it was fair to dismiss an employee who had taken emergency time off but who had not properly notified his employer as soon as he… Read on

Richard Branson’s unlimited holiday – publicity stunt?

Believing that all workplaces should “throw away the book” on annual leave policies, Richard Branson has announced, via his blog, that all of his employees at Virgin will now be entitled to unlimited holiday. Following in the footsteps of Netflix,… Read on

Should ‘on-call’ workers get paid?

Do workers ‘on-call’, but not working, need to actually be at the workplace for the purposes of calculating working time, and therefore entitlement to pay, rest, holiday etc.? No, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Truslove… Read on

Holiday pay should include commission

Should the statutory holiday pay include an element for commission, even though this is not allowed under the Employment Rights Act 1996? Yes, according to the European Court of Justice, in the case of Lock-v- British Gas. Background In this… Read on

Shared parental leave factsheet

Here is the essential information you need to know about the new system of shared parental leave. The new rules come into effect on 1 December 2014, and apply to babies born on or after 5 April 2015. Adopters and… Read on

Shared parental leave

In November 2012, the Government announced that it intended to introduce a new system of shared parental leave, overhauling the existing maternity leave and paternity leave provisions. Under the proposals, eligible employees would continue to be entitled to a maximum… Read on

Right to unpaid parental leave extended

From 7th April 2013, employees with at least one years service can apply to take a total of 18 weeks unpaid parental leave up to their child’s fifth birthday. Previously, working parents could take a total of 13 weeks leave… Read on

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