Holiday pay/overtime important update

We report on the latest development in the claims for underpaid holiday, and the decision that non-guaranteed overtime should be included in the cases going under the banner Bear Scotland v. Fulton. The Bear case was one of a group… Read on

Sports Direct backs down on zero-hours contracts

As part of an out-of-court settlement, Sports Direct has agreed to rewrite its job adverts and employment contracts to make it clear that its zero hours staff (nearly 90% of its workforce) are not guaranteed work. Zahera Gabriel-Abrahem, who was… 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

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

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a type of employment that combines work with learning. Apprenticeships can exist under a traditional, common law, form of agreement, or under a modern apprenticeship agreement. Under the traditional, common law, apprenticeship, the training is the primary… Read on

What is a contract of employment?

A contract of employment is any legally enforceable agreement between an employer and an employee. This means that a contract of employment can exist even where there is nothing in writing, so long as there is an oral agreement. Legal… Read on

What is a staff handbook?

Staff handbooks, or policies and procedures, supplement and stand in addition to, contracts of employment. They not only set out clear standards of behaviour for employees, but are occasionally required by law, and can help the employer avoid a… 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

What is a restrictive covenant?

A restrictive covenant is a term in a contract that prevents you from doing something after your employment has ended such as contacting the customers of your previous employer. Such covenants may be unenforceable unless they go no further than… Read on

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