Could your self-employed workers claim employment rights?

The impact of the recent Supreme Court decision made against Charlie Mullins and Pimlico Plumbers means many more self-employed workers are likely to claim holiday and sick pay. Does it affect you? If you engage someone on a self-employed basis , provide regular work, expect him or her to discharge that work on a regular […]

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Employment Tribunal risks still rising

In the first full quarter since fees were abolished last year, the number of single Employment Tribunal claims has leapt 90 per cent, according to an article in People Management. We provide some tips for reducing your risks. Holiday pay Claims for holiday pay are on the increase. Employees with variable earnings can also lead […]

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Workers’ holiday and sick pay – rights to be tightened

Law-abiding employers should welcome the moves here is why: In many low margin businesses it is not a level playing field. Those honouring employment rights are competing with those that turn a blind eye. While the latter take a serious risk – challenges in an Employment Tribunal can sink an employer – they push down […]

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Holiday pay – awaken from the nightmare?

The five-year saga on determining holiday pay for those on commission, and other variable earnings, continues with the latest ruling from the Court of Appeal that results based commission must be included when calculating holiday pay. This includes overtime and standby payments. Salaried staff are included. There are still uncertainties, such as how far back-pay […]

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Q & A

Holidays for zero hours, casual and part-time workers Q: My employee works hugely variable hours, has taken no holiday this year and now wants two paid weeks. How do I determine her entitlement? A: Have a look at the total number of hours she has worked in the holiday year to date. Then work out […]

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Holiday pay and non-contractual overtime – the jury is out

At the time of going to press, there has as yet been no firm decision on the question of whether overtime (regular but not part of the contract) should be included in holiday pay calculations. The matter is in the process of being considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) but it may still be […]

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Zero hours debate has not yet run to nothing

The Unite Trade Union still claims that these contracts are used to avoid sick pay and holiday pay. In some quarters that might be true, but it is an abuse if and where it is the case. Now Norman Pickavance, a former HR Director, is to lead an independent consultation at the instigation of Ed […]

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