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

Apprentices were actually employees

In the recent case of HMRC v. Holmescales Riding Centre 2014, the EAT held that a riding school’s trainees were in reality ordinary employees and not apprentices. Accordingly, the trainees were entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage applicable to… Read on

Should payslips specify pay deductions?

Yes, or the employer may have to forfeit the debt said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Ridge v HM Land Registry. Background Mr Ridge had exhausted his sick pay entitlement. His pay was adjusted by his employer for the month-end… Read on

Snow: lift to work in a 4×4 compulsory?

Weather conditions are notoriously extreme on the roads approaching HMP Dartmoor. The prison has a detailed adverse weather policy, which requires employees to gather up at a pick-up point, at a local supermarket, when conditions are poor. In January 2013,… 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

New national minimum wage 2014

Here are the new national minimum wage rates that will apply from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015: Workers aged 21 and over: £6.50 Workers aged between 18 and 20: £5.13 Workers aged above the compulsory school age and… Read on

Taste of future employment law

In the Queen’s speech, the government has given us a flavour of likely upcoming changes to employment law. We await the details, but here’s where we can expect the changes to be: Minimum wage: penalties are likely to be increased… 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