Employment Tribunal survey suggests costlier, more complex claims

Employment tribunal compensation

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now published the findings of its seventh survey into Employment Tribunal applications. The survey, which was conducted in 2018 based on a sample of single claims disposed of (settled or completed) between October 2016 and October 2017, examines the characteristics of claimants and employers involved […]

Holidays & Annual Leave | Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can annual leave be cancelled? There may be situations where you need to cancel an employee’s annual leave that has already been approved, such as a deadline being brought forward or an important meeting being scheduled during the time off. In these situations, you must give the employee the same length of notice as […]

Should employers be concerned by unpaid overtime shaming?

A recent analysis by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that UK workers put in more than £35 billion in unpaid overtime in 2019. On an individual level, this equates to more than 5 million workers doing an additional 7.6 hours’ unpaid overtime each week. Faced with these statistics, the TUC is calling for […]

Government confirms how to calculate holiday pay for workers with no set hours

Back in August, employers were left scratching their heads after the Court of Appeal (CoA) ruled that they are no longer permitted to pro-rate holiday pay for part-year workers. The verdict, which we discuss in more detail here, seemed somewhat counter-intuitive – allowing casual, zero-hour, part-year and other atypical workers to receive proportionately more in […]

TUPE transfer revelation | Do the regulations apply to workers as well as employees?

With ‘employment’ literally in the title, it has long been understood that the TUPE regulations exist to protect employees when a company changes hands. However, in a potentially groundbreaking decision, an Employment Tribunal has now ruled that workers fall under the definition of employee for the purposes of TUPE. Get your FREE consultation As a […]

The Queen’s Speech 2019 | 3 proposed changes to employment and immigration

Last week, Boris Johnson’s to-do list was presented in a 28-bill Queen’s Speech, with a heavy focus on law and order. The speech, delivered in the Chamber of the House of Lords, detailed the various legislation that the government plans to introduce in the forthcoming Parliamentary session, or carry over from the previous session. Get […]

Worker or self-employed? Court rules out-of-hours GP was wrongly categorised

Determining an individual’s employment status is not always a clear-cut exercise, as a number of factors play a part in whether somebody is a worker, employee or self-employed in the eyes of the law. With each category of worker afforded different legal rights, incorrect categorisation can leave employers exposed to Employment Tribunal claims. Most recently, […]

How to calculate holiday pay for workers on zero-hour contracts

Are you bashing your head against the wall trying to figure out entitlements for those on zero-hour contracts? If so, you’re not alone. Zero-hour workers won’t work the same amount of hours each week – in fact, some weeks they won’t work at all – which complicates matters when it comes to figuring out holiday […]

Statutory sick pay shake-up | Government considers lowering eligibility threshold

At present, employees must earn the equivalent of 14 hours on minimum wage (£118) to qualify for statutory sick pay (SSP). However, this could soon change, as the government is now proposing to lower the eligibility threshold. If agreed upon, this will see statutory sick pay entitlement extended to two million low-paid workers who earn […]