Can employers insist staff sign a 48 hour opt-out

An employee can choose to opt out of the maximum 48 hour average working week stipulated by the Working Time Regulations. Each employee also has the right not to be subjected to any detriment for doing so. So, what happens… Read on

When holiday entitlement can’t be carried over

When it comes to holiday entitlement the ‘use it or lose it’ rule has long been understood. Recent cases have challenged this approach and in 2009 a European Court decision held that an employee who was on sick leave during… Read on

What is parental leave?

Parental leave is often used as a loose term to cover a wide range of family-friendly employment rights. However it has a specific legal meaning. A parent, or someone with caring responsibility for a child, can seek a period of… Read on

What is statutory annual leave?

Statutory annual leave is the legal minimum amount of paid leave that almost all employees and workers (including casual and agency staff) are entitled to. This is currently 28 days. In the UK this usually includes the 8 statutory bank… Read on

What are the Working Time Regulations?

The Working Time regulations are a set of rules that govern how many hours people should work each week, what breaks they are entitled to, and how much holiday they should get. They were introduced as a health and safety… Read on