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 […]

Use of agency workers challenged by MPs

Use of agency workers comes under fire

The use of agency workers by UK companies is being questioned by MPs. As part of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s inquiry into workers’ rights, the Committee is questioning the recruitment agency Transline, which provides workers to companies such as Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse and previously Amazon. The Committee will also hear from […]

Employment Law & HR – 2016 in review

2016 HR review

As 2016 draws to a close, we reflect on some prominent tribunals and cases brought before courts, the new laws introduced and companies put under the spotlight. Here are our 10 top picks: 1  Brexit caused uncertainty June 23rd 2016 marked a landmark day in British history books as it was the day when we […]

Amazon – not so prime working conditions

amazon working conditions

Amazon has come under fire for the working conditions at its Dunfermline warehouse in Scotland. Approximately 1,500 permanent staff work at the Dunfermline site, with more than 4,000 seasonal jobs created to deal with the peak demand over the festive period. The claims against Amazon’s work practices include: Worker’s pay is so low that some […]

HMRC investigates ‘gig economy’

employment status

Ministers have ordered a crackdown on employers in the so-called gig economy who use a high number of self-employed or agency workers amid concerns about poor working conditions and an erosion of worker rights. Companies’ working practices and the employment status given to workers are hot topics as several organisations have been subject to inquiries, […]

Corporate Governance Inquiry Launched


The MP-led Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has announced an inquiry into corporate governance. This follows inquiries into the sale and acquisition of BHS and the working practices of Sports Direct that both exposed significant corporate governance failures. Ian Wright, the chair of the Committee, said “Irresponsible business behaviour and poor corporate governance ill serves workers, […]

Zero Hour Contracts on the Rise

zero hour contracts

The number of people on zero hour contracts is on the rise. Love them or loathe them, these contracts that do not guarantee workers a minimum number of hours now account for 2.9% of people employed. According to the latest statistics by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), 903,000 individuals reported that they were employed […]

Payback Time for Sports Direct

Mike Ashley can’t be enjoying life at the moment. Newcastle United have lost their first two games in the Championship. To rub salt in the wounds, Sports Direct have reportedly been ordered to pay back pay to thousands of employees following Mr Ashley’s admittance that they had not been paying National Minimum Wage. Trade union […]

Sports Direct – What Did We Learn?

Mike Ashley, founder of Sports Direct, was given a hard time last week by the Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) select committee following allegations of employment rights abuses. Perhaps the most eye-opening statement from the man himself came when he admitted “I’m not Santa Claus!” The more worrying revelations to come out of this, however, […]

Be A Good Sport

Redundancy Plan

Sports Direct have been in the news a lot over the past year or so regarding their employment practices. Recent reports surrounding the redundancy of around 200 staff at its fashion arm, USC, suggest that this is unlikely to change any time soon. There are a number of steps which must be taken when considering […]