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 […]


bank holiday working

There are a number of commonly-held myths surrounding bank holidays. This can leave employers unsure where they stand and worried that they may be getting it wrong. Often, employers can feel pressured to grant time off, as employees may (wrongly) assume that they’re entitled to not work bank holidays. In reality, it’s not so straightforward. […]

GOOD WORK PLAN | Legislation Announced

New draft legislation strengthening employment rights has now been revealed.  This follows on from the government’s announcement of the Good Work Plan made earlier this week. Ellis Whittam takes a close look at the nature of the changes. Legislation No. 1 The Employment Rights (Employment Particulars and Paid Annual Leave) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 are expected […]

Regular voluntary overtime included in holiday pay

voluntary overtime pay

The case of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and others has revisited the area of holiday pay, but it is the first time that the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has issued a ruling on voluntary overtime payments in the context of holiday pay. At the crux of the case, the question was whether payments […]

Employment tribunals and cases in 2017

supreme court

We look at four key cases that the employment tribunals and courts will be considering in 2017 and which employers and HR professionals need to watch out for. 1  Equal Pay 2017 will also give us the next chapter with Asda’s equal pay dispute. An Employment Tribunal gave thousands of women who work at the […]

12 questions about annual leave and holiday pay

annual leave

Over the last few years, navigating through the murky waters of rules on annual leave and holiday pay has become an extremely hard task. In addition to legislation, a number of court cases have muddied the waters further. Below we answer 12 common questions about annual leave and pay. 1  How much annual leave are […]

CoA Judgment on Holidays & Commission

The Court of Appeal has finally passed judgment on the vexed issue of holiday pay. In the long-running case of Lock v British Gas, the CoA has confirmed that an employee’s holiday pay must be based on their basic pay and any results-based commission they would have earned if they were not on annual leave. […]

What does Brexit mean for workers’ rights?

Brexit deal rejected

Theresa May has repeatedly said “Brexit means Brexit”. Now, the PM has announced withdrawal from the EU will start by March 2017. But what does this mean for employment law and workers’ rights? Great Repeal Bill Speaking at the Conservative conference in Birmingham, the Prime Minister confirmed that there will be a Great Repeal Bill […]

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Air traffic control strike

What can you do if your employees are stranded abroad due to striking air traffic controllers? Once again, air traffic control workers in France are staging strikes, this time in protest over labour reforms. The BBC reported that about 350 Ryanair and Easyjet flights were cancelled on 21st March, which is likely to have caused […]

Holiday Pay Update

Holiday Pay

There has been yet more news regarding the issue of holiday pay. Back in April 2015, the Employment Tribunal decided in Lock v British Gas Trading Limited that commission which forms part of an employee’s normal remuneration should be taken into account when calculating how much holiday pay they should receive. British Gas, perhaps unsurprisingly […]