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What does a Polkey deduction mean?

A Polkey deduction is a deduction made from a compensatory award in an unfair dismissal case to reflect the chance that although a dismissal was procedurally unfair it would have happened in any case. A claim for unfair dismissal may… 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

What is a settlement agreement?

A settlement agreement is a special agreement under which an employee can settle statutory employment claims (and others) against an employer. These agreements are common where an employee is leaving a business or where an employment tribunal or other… Read on

What is statutory annual leave?

Statutory annual leave is the legal minimum amount of paid holiday that almost all workers (including casual and agency staff) are entitled to. This is currently 28 days. In the UK this usually includes the 8 statutory bank holidays (although… Read on

What does TUPE mean?

TUPE stands for  the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. These regulations are designed to protect the employment rights of staff when the business or undertaking they are working in is sold or transferred to someone else. TUPE… Read on

What is unfair dismissal?

Unfair Dismissal is a statutory employment claim that eligible employees can bring in an employment tribunal. Employers are not entitled to dismiss employees for no reason, but can only do so for one of the five, potentially fair reasons: misconduct,… Read on

What are unlawful deductions?

‘Unlawful deductions from wages’ refers to money taken from worker’s wages by their employer without proper authority. Employees have legal protection against such deductions and may bring a claim in the employment tribunal in respect of any such deductions made… Read on

What is victimisation?

Victimisation is a particular form of unlawful discrimination where a worker suffers a detriment because they have either made a complaint of discrimination themselves, or have supported someone else in making such a complaint. Both employees and ex-employees are protected… Read on

What is whistle-blowing?

‘Whistle-blowing’ or ‘blowing the whistle’ is commonly understood as informing on someone who is doing something they shouldn’t. Under UK law, workers have special protections against detrimental treatment and dismissal when they make a qualifying disclosure of information.  Whistle-blowing is… Read on

What are the Working Time Regulations?

The Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) are a set of legal rules that govern workers’ hours, daily and weekly rest breaks and paid annual leave. They implement in the UK, the European Working Time Directive which was introduced as a… Read on

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