Furlough | Second Treasury Direction sheds light on Job Retention Scheme rules

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 28 May 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

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 […]

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage 2020 | Updated rates explained

It’s that time again. The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increase from 1 April. Then there’s the Living Wage – not to be confused with the National Living Wage – which will also be updated for 2020. Get your FREE consultation Confused? You’re not alone. Employers can be left scratching their heads wondering how […]

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 […]

General Election 2019 | The parties’ proposals for employment law

With just over two weeks to go until one of the most anticipated General Elections in UK history, both parties’ manifestos are undergoing intense scrutiny – but what pledges are on the table for employment law? Before you cast your vote, here are some of the main policies each side are proposing that stand to […]

Staffing shortages in hospitality | 4 ways to meet demand over the festive period

With estimates from the Office of National Statistics suggesting that Immigration to the UK from the EU is at its lowest level since 2013, hospitality businesses are bracing themselves for the very real possibility of staffing shortages over their busiest period. Get your FREE consultation While the future remains uncertain, according to one study, under […]

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, […]

Can employers make changes to an employee’s contract without their consent?

COVID-19 advice Looking for advice on changing terms and conditions of employment during coronavirus? Download our simple guidance note, plus all the template resources you need to manage the process, from our free Back to Business Hub. Take me to the Hub It’s quite common for employers to amend employees’ terms and conditions of employment […]

Hospitality | National Minimum Wage (NMW) rules

When the government names and shames employers who have failed to comply with National Minimum Wage rules, hospitality businesses often appear on the list. In theory, paying the correct National Minimum Wage rate is easy, but there are always areas which bring about confusion. Ellis Whittam’s Employment Law Advisers highlight some of the key points all hospitality […]