Pay rise for the lowest paid from April 2018

Don’t spend it all at once but, the national living wage and other rates of the national minimum wage are set to go up from April next year! The Chancellor announced the increases in his Autumn Budget last month. For… Read on

Office Christmas parties: dos and don’ts for employers

While the festive season is traditionally the time to be jolly, employers risk a New Year’s headache if they fail to understand their legal responsibilities to staff at the Christmas party. Employers can be held “vicariously liable” for the actions… Read on

Employing foreign workers: when can you dismiss fairly?

An employer who employs a foreign worker often finds themselves caught between a “rock and a hard place” when it comes to dismissal. On the one hand they must comply with unfair dismissal law, as they would for any other… 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

Employees secure right to privacy for emails in work

On 5 September 2017, the Grand Chamber, which hears appeals from the European Court of Human Rights, confirmed that an employer’s access to its employees’ messages on the employer’s communications system without first obtaining the consent of its employee was… Read on

BBC Gender Pay Gap – The Tip of the Iceberg?

The BBC’s annual report for 2016/17 has revealed that around two-thirds of its on-air talent earning more than £150K are male. The highest paid male celebrity earned between £2.2m and £2.25m last year, while the highest paid female earned between… 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