While the UK continues to battle with the Coronavirus, the following may be useful in connection with sick pay – The workplace usual sick leave and pay entitlements apply if an employee has Coronavirus. Employees should let their employer know as soon as possible if they are unable to go to work. The employer may(…)
The new rates are as follows:- For 21 to 24 year olds the National Minimum Wage increases from £7.70 to £8.20. For 18 to 20 year olds the National Minimum Wage increases from £6.15 to £6.45. For under 18’s the National Minimum Wage increases from £4.35 to £4.55. For apprentices the National Minimum Wage increases(…)
From April 2020 all workers and employees are entitled to and must be provided with a written Statement of Particulars either on their first day of employment or prior to starting employment. Previously the Statements had to be provided within the first 8 weeks of employment and it was only employees who had such entitlements. (…)
Changes coming into force 6th April 2019 . As at above date all workers must receive a payslip not just employees . The number of hours worked must be indicated on payslips where the pay varies, by the amount of time worked. Where pay is fixed and does not vary employers have no new obligations. (…)
The Home Office has a code of practice on preventing illegal working. This code sets out the checks that Employers should conduct to avoid a civil penalty in the event of illegal working. The first code which came out in 2014, has now been updated and it provides that Employers may establish a statutory excuse(…)
In a recent case it was decided that a worker does not automatically lose the accrued right to be paid annual leave because of a failure to ask for it, which means that even though the leave may not be requested, it will still accrue. This has important implications for the use it or lose(…)
It is a commonly held view that the right to be accompanied to a disciplinary hearing allows you to take a family member or a friend to such a meeting. This is not the case. A worker has the right to choose any companion to attend a disciplinary hearing as long as they are either(…)
Recently there appears to have been a change in favour of employers when tribunals are looking at the award of costs in employment tribunal cases. The cost of defending employment tribunal cases is a common source of complaint and annoyance among employers as in most cases, employers cannot recover their legal costs even if they(…)
The government have consulted independent legal experts to sweep away the current uncertainty surrounding the legality of electronic signatures. The government have published early conclusions which make it clear that electronic signatures can now be used on formal contracts in English law. The commission has also laid out possible steps which could boost business by(…)
References are often asked for in job applications. There is usually no legal obligation upon an employer to provide a reference to an employee. Employers who do give references must make them fair and accurate and employers who ask for references must handle them fairly and consistently. A reference gives important information to a potential(…)
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