Can I ask employees to handle emails out of hours?

The answer, of course, is yes. One can always ask! The bigger question is whether the employee can refuse to handle emails out of hours. Get it wrong and you could face a claim in court, as happened in Ireland. The regulations in the UK are equivalent. The right to refuse: 1. The employment contract […]

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Pay pressures 2016

Not for many years has there been as much pressure, and uncertainty, over the annual pay review. Over the last decade earnings have risen very slowly and the Financial Times (February 10th 2016) reports that since 2010 the median annual pay rise has been close to 2 per cent. Those on the National Minimum Wage […]

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The National Minimum Wage increases on 1 October 2014

£6.50 for workers 21 and over £5.13 for workers 18-20 yrs £3.79 for 16-17 yrs olds £2.73 for apprentices under 19 or 19 and over who are in the first year of apprenticeship These represent an increase of 3% for those who are 21 and over and just under 2% for younger workers. This increase […]

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