Court of Appeal rules in “slave” domestic worker case

The national minimum wage protects workers in the UK by guaranteeing them a minimum hourly rate. Employees can resign and claim constructive dismissal in response to a serious breach of contract by their employer. So, if an employee is unaware… Read on

Employers fall foul of NMW laws over uniform requirements

The government regularly “names and shames” employers who breach national minimum wage laws by publishing a list of those who have been fined. The latest list reveals that restaurant chains Wagamama and TGI Fridays and Marriott Hotels have each been… 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

Shared parental leave: share the joy!

The government is spending £1.5 million on a new campaign to promote awareness of the right of parents to take shared parental leave. Although around 285,000 couples qualify for shared parental leave each year, it is believed the take up… Read on

New tax-free childcare scheme now available to all

HMRC announced on 14 February that it was finally starting to accept applications from all eligible parents for the government’s new tax-free childcare scheme – which can give up to £2,000 of help with childcare costs. Since 21 April 2017… Read on

Sexual harassment at work: is it really black and white?

Female stars at this year’s Golden Globes and BAFTA awards wore black and celebrities at the Grammys donned white roses to show support for the movement against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. But what practical steps can individuals in… Read on

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