Bank holidays: bonus or booby prize?

We have just celebrated St. George’s Day in England and Jeremy Corbyn has promised to introduce a  new bank holiday to celebrate it, if he wins the next election. But just what are workers’ rights when it comes to bank… 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

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

Holiday pay: new decision

The long running litigation in Bear Scotland has reached the Employment Appeal Tribunal again. The Court has confirmed that a gap of 3 months or more in any underpayments of wages will break the “series of deductions” for unlawful deduction… Read on

Can a ‘worker’ have two employers?

Background The claimant in this case (Dr Day) was engaged by both Health Education England and the NHS has recently won a whistle blowing claim against both employers. In order to succeed against HEE, he first needed to deal with… Read on

Santander’s way around zero hours contracts

As recent articles in the press have reported, Santander has introduced new contracts in an effort to circumvent the new rules limiting the use of zero hours contracts. Zero-hour contracts have been much in the news recently. A relatively recent… Read on

Latest case on worker status: Excel Cycle Couriers

We report on the latest case where a major user of so called freelance staff has been caught out. Background Courier companies are currently the focus of attention when it comes to employment/worker status. City Sprint has been decided in… Read on

Guide: how much holiday pay?

How much should you pay your staff when they are on holiday? Should you pay them their basic salary only? Or should you include commission, overtime or bonuses? And how should this be calculated? We explain the ins and outs… Read on

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