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

Bonus payments discretionary

In the case of Brogden v Investec Bank, the High Court considered whether the amount of a bonus pool was discretionary, meaning that Investec was required to act in good faith in calculating it. The bankers in question had received… 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

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

Did employee’s contract breach exonerate employers of theirs?

Could an employee’s own breach stop them from claiming against the employer? No, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the recent case of Atkinson v. Community Gateway Association. Background Mr Atkinson wanted to bring a claim of constructive dismissal… Read on

What does “without prejudice” mean?

Discussions between an employer and an employee are “without prejudice” where the discussion is with a view to settling an existing claim. This means that, where there is an Employment Tribunal claim, or a dispute that might lead… 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