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Thompsons’ Labour and European Law Review (LELR) is recognised as an authoritative source of comment and discussion of rulings which fall under both UK and European law. Available to read here, and also via a weekly email bulletin, LELR offers considerable insight into the latest issues affecting trade unions and their members.

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Weekly issue 534
  • Action to tackle pay gaps
  • Dismissal reasons
  • Property in emails
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Weekly issue 533
  • Upsurge in Modern Slavery
  • Multiple Identities
  • Subjective Conduct
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Weekly issue 532
  • 160 years to earn one year of top CEO pay
  • Pre-pack
  • Single claim forms
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Agency workers

Weekly Issue 514

Impact of the NMW

In its analysis of the recent increase in the minimum wage, the Low Pay Commission has estimated that 8.5 per cent of workers are now on one of the minimum wage rates, up from 7.3 per cent last year.

Weekly Issue 514

A matter of interpretation

When trying to decide whether a claimant is an employee, a worker or a self-employed contractor, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held in Capita Translations and Interpreting Ltd v Siauciunas and anor that it is an error of law for tribunals not to consider the doctrine of mutuality of obligation.

Weekly Issue 514

Exemplary record

When deciding whether a dismissal is unfair, tribunals have to consider whether “in the circumstances” the employer acted reasonably or unreasonably.

Blacklisting

Weekly Issue 418

Contractual necessity

Courts will only imply a contract on the ground of necessity in certain circumstances. In Smith v Carillion the Court of Appeal held that, even in the case of a blacklisted worker, the question for courts was whether it was necessary to imply a contract between the worker in question and the end user by looking at how the parties conducted themselves.

Weekly Issue 330

Blacklisting at Crossrail

The business secretary Vince Cable last week referred evidence of ongoing blacklisting of trade unionists at a major building project to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Weekly Issue 285

ICO "disappointed" about blacklisting

Following complaints by the GMB and human rights group Liberty about the failure to act against firms found to have been blacklisting trade unionists, the deputy Information Commissioner has said that there is nothing more his office can do.

Breach of contact

Weekly Issue 518

Construing the contract

The law says that tribunals can only hear breach of contract claims on termination of employment. In Agarwal v Cardiff University and anor, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that tribunals cannot therefore hear unlawful deduction of wages claims if they depend on construction of the claimant’s contract.

Weekly Issue 517

Receipt of letter

Although an employment contract has to state the length of notice of termination, it does not have to state how notice should be given.

Weekly Issue 476

Contractual check-off

In May 2015, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) ended their system of check-off for Public and Commercial Services union members' subscriptions. However, in Cavanagh and ors v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the High Court held that the department was in breach of two PCS members' contracts when it withdrew the system and that the union had the right to enforce the arrangements.

Capability

Weekly Issue 283

Competency bar

It is important for employers to be consistent in a redundancy situation when deciding whether they can offer alternative employment instead of dismissing the employee.

Weekly Issue 253

Workers’ skills being underused

According to a report published this month by The Work Foundation, employers are underusing workers’ skills, resulting in lost productivity both for businesses and the economy as a whole.

Weekly Issue 229

Job Capability

To avoid a finding of unfair dismissal on the ground of capability, employers have to show they have a reasonable belief that the person is unable to return to work. In DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd v Doolan, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), said that the decision to dismiss was ultimately a managerial, not a medical one, and that employers have to make their own assessment (informed by experts) of the risks involved in a return to work.

Compensation

Weekly issue 532

160 years to earn one year of top CEO pay

Despite a drop of almost a fifth in the pay of FTSE 100 CEOs in 2016, research has found that it would still take the average worker 160 years to earn what they are paid in just one year.

Weekly Issue 489

Abuse of rights

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held in Kratzer v R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG that someone who applies for a job in order to bring a compensation claim cannot rely on EU law for protection. And if the only reason they applied for the job was to obtain an undue advantage, then their actions could constitute an abuse of rights.

Weekly Issue 416

Speculation

Although tribunals can engage in speculation when trying to work out compensation for a claimant, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held in Kerry Ingredients (UK) Ltd v Little that they must spell out their findings and make clear the evidential basis on which they were made.

Conciliation and settlement

Weekly issue 533

Multiple Identities

The law requires prospective claimants to ensure that the employer’s name on the Early Conciliation (EC) Certificate is the same as on the ET1 claim form, but what happens when the employer has multiple names?

Weekly issue 530

Acas annual report

In its annual report for 2016/17 published last week, Acas has found that early conciliation notifications in order to resolve individual claims have stayed about the same level as the year before

Weekly Issue 520

Second EC certificate

The law provides that where a claimant contacts Acas and enters early conciliation (EC) during the limitation period, the period of EC stops the clock when calculating the time limit. In The Commissioners for HMRC v Garau, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that as the regulations only allow for one certificate, a second certificate could not extend the time period for bringing a claim.

Contract of employment

Weekly issue 534

Property in emails

As part of an application for an injunction in Capita plc v Darch and ors, the question arose as to whether an employer had a claim to property in corporate emails.

Weekly issue 530

Truthful answers

The High Court has held in MPT Group Ltd v Peel and Birtwhistle and anor that although the duty of good faith includes the duty to answer questions truthfully, that does not mean that employees who have resigned from their job have to explain confidential and/or nascent plans to set up in lawful competition with their former employer

Weekly Issue 529

Trading Laws

When deciding whether an employee has a strong enough connection to the UK for the purposes of bringing a tribunal claim, competing factors can be taken into account

Deductions from wages

Weekly issue 531

Broken Chain

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has reaffirmed its earlier decision in the case of Fulton and Baxter v Bear Scotland Ltd that a gap of three months or more between two successive alleged under payments or non-payments of wages breaks the chain in a “series” of deductions as set out in the Employment Rights Act 1996.

Weekly Issue 525

Unpaid wages

Research carried out by Middlesex University into the non-payment of wages estimates that £1.2 billion of wages and a further £1.5 billion of holiday pay remain unpaid every year

Weekly Issue 523

Out of time particulars

In claims of unlawful deductions of wages (such as unpaid holiday pay), claimants can apply to amend their original applications in certain circumstances …

Definition of a worker

Weekly Issue 522

Civil servant

According to the rules governing employment in the civil service, appointments have to be made on the basis of fair and open competition. In Secretary of State for Justice v Betts and ors

Weekly Issue 516

The fallacy of flexibility

An inquiry by the Work and Pensions Committee into self-employment and the “gig” economy has highlighted illegal and unintelligible clauses in the contracts issued by certain companies.

Weekly Issue 512

Plumbing works

In order to bring certain tribunal claims, claimants have to show they are employees as opposed to workers or self-employed contractors. In Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and anor v Smith, the Court of Appeal held that a plumber who was ostensibly self-employed was, in fact, a worker because of the degree of control that the company exercised over him and the tribunal could therefore hear some of his claims.

Disciplinary and dismissal

Weekly Issue 521

Substantial conduct reason

If an employer can show they dismissed their employee for “some other substantial reason”, it will be fair. In Ssekisonge v Barts Health NHS Trust, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld the tribunal’s decision that the dismissal of a nurse whose identity was being investigated by the Home Office could be fair for “some other substantial reason”, even though conduct played a part in the reason to dismiss.

Weekly Issue 517

Two tests

When claiming unfair dismissal and unfavourable treatment for disability discrimination, the Court of Appeal held in O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy that although the tests for the two claims were different, both were objective and should therefore rarely (if ever) lead to different outcomes.

Weekly Issue 513

Mobile certainty

Although employers can dismiss an employee fairly for failing to abide by a clause in their contract, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held in Kellog, Brown and Root (UK) Ltd v Fitton & Ewer that employers still have to act reasonably when instructing an employee to abide by, in this case, a contractual mobility clause.

Employment rights

Weekly Issue 529

Employment Practices Review

Thompsons has called the government’s review on modern employment practices, published last week, a “huge missed opportunity”

Weekly Issue 57 - April 2001

Phone a friend?

John Lewis plc v Coyne [2001] IRLR 139 EAT The recent flurry of judicial activity on the scope of an Employment Tribunal's power to interfere with management decisions that are "within a band of reasonable responses" emphasises the difficulties for employees in unfair dismissal cases. But this heartening case illustrates the scope of protection from unfair dismissal in so-called misconduct cases.

Weekly Issue 57 - April 2001

Councillors curbed

Moore v Bude Stratton Town Council [2000] IRLR 676 EAT In Mr Moore's case against his council employer, the whole question of the extent to which a council is liable for the actions of individual councillors in an employment context is examined.

Employment tribunals and tribunal fees

Weekly issue 532

Single claim forms

When lodging a tribunal claim for multiple claimants, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held in the conjoined appeals of Farah and ors v Birmingham City Council; Callaghan and ors v Birmingham City Council; Fenton and ors v Asda Stores Ltd; Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and ors; Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v Ahmed and ors that two or more claimants cannot submit single claim forms if their claims are based on a different set of facts.

Weekly issue 531

End of Tribunal Fees

Last week, the UK Supreme Court unanimously held that, as the order introducing Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal fees prevented access to justice and as set out in Lady Hale’s judgment, discriminated against women.

Weekly Issue 508

Tribunal decisions online

Following an announcement by the Ministry of Justice in June last year, employment tribunal decisions for cases heard in England, Wales and Scotland are now publicly available online.

Equal pay

Weekly issue 534

Action to tackle pay gaps

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said in a new strategy document that all jobs should be offered as flexible to tackle gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps.

Weekly Issue 529

No Pay protection

Employees are entitled to equal pay with a comparator of the opposite sex if they are doing like work, work rated as equivalent or work of equal value

Weekly Issue 527

DfE Pay Gap Figures

Following the introduction of the gender pay gap regulations earlier this year, the Department for Education (the first government department to publish its gender pay gap figures) has reported a median gap of 5.9 per cent

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly issue 530

Effective Cause

Section 15 of the Equality Act states that it is discrimination to treat someone unfavourably “because of something arising in consequence of their disability”

Weekly Issue 526

Social Mobility Index

The government has published for the first time a list of the top 50 employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace

Weekly Issue 525

Testing, testing

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held in The Government Legal Service v Brooke, that a failure by an employer to offer a potential employee…

European Law

Weekly Issue 503

Temporary incapacity

To come within the definition of disability under EU law, the physical or mental impairment has to be “long’term”.

Weekly Issue 478

Crime disclosure

The Court of Appeal has held in R (on the application of AR) and the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester police and anor that it was not a breach of articles 6 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) for the police to disclose details of an allegation of rape and subsequent acquittal in an Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate.

Weekly Issue 473

No breach of Article 8

Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights gives everyone the right to “respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence”. In Garamukanwa v Solent NHS Trust, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that Article 8 did not apply where an employer relied on personal e-mails and photographs stored on an employee’s iPhone obtained from the police when dismissing them.

Fixed-term, flexible and part-time workers

Weekly Issue 518

No internship, no job?

Although graduate internships are a must for many top jobs, the think tank IPPR has recommended in new research that they should be limited to four weeks because of the risks of exploitation and poor working conditions.

Weekly Issue 506

Temporary worker

Although member states can restrict the concept of “worker” under national law, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held in Betriebsrat der Ruhrlandklinik gGmbH v Ruhrlandklinik gGmbH, that with regard to temporary workers, the critical issue is whether they are in an “employment relationship” under the temporary work agency directive.

Weekly Issue 457

Full-time assessment

The law says that part-time workers cannot be treated less favourably than comparable full-timers who are employed by the same employer on the same type of contract. In The Advocate General for Scotland v Barton, the Court of Session held that a part time worker cannot compare themselves to another part-time worker even if that person has been assessed as a full timer for other purposes.

Freedom of information and data protection

Weekly Issue 524

Data privilege

Under the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998, individuals can ask a data controller for details of information held about them…

Weekly Issue 524

Data request

In the conjoined cases of Ittihadieh v 5-11 Cheyne Gardens RTM company and ors and Deer v University of Oxford, the Court of Appeal has provided guidance on how judges should exercise their discretion…

Weekly Issue 453

Employers can read private emails

The European Court of Human Rights has decided in the case of Bărbulescu v Romania that it was not a breach of an employee’s right to privacy for their employer to access their professional internet account.

Health and Safety

Weekly Issue 528

Fatalities at Work

The Health and Safety Executive has revealed in its report on annual workplace fatalities that 137 workers were killed at work between April 2016 and March 2017

Weekly Issue 488

Health and safety on the wane

According to a new survey of health and safety reps published this week by the TUC, nearly half of UK workplaces have never had a health and safety inspection.

Human rights

Weekly Issue 515

Protect workers’ Human Rights

The European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights place duties on the State to protect against human rights abuses by businesses and provide access to remedy for victims.

Weekly Issue 513

A fair Brexit

Britain’s leading equality organisation, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has warned the government that its Brexit plans reflect a lack of ambition for equality and human rights standards.

Weekly Issue 455

UK ratifies forced slavery agreement

The UK has ratified a landmark ILO agreement to combat forced labour, people trafficking and other forms of modern slavery. Along with Niger and Norway, it is one of the first nations to sign the international convention.

Industrial Action

Weekly Issue 527

Strike Payment

Employers are entitled to withhold payment when their employees go on strike, but how should it be calculated?

Weekly Issue 375

Union detriment

Workers have the right not to be subjected to a detriment by their employer when taking part in the activities of an independent trade union.

Weekly Issue 370

Ban on secondary action

Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights stipulates that states cannot restrict the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association except by law or to protect the rights and freedoms of others.

Information and consultation

Weekly Issue 489

Effective management

The law states that if an employer does not agree a valid request for recognition for collective bargaining purposes from a union, the union can ask the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) to decide whether the proposed bargaining unit is appropriate. In R (on the application of Lidl Ltd) v CAC and GMB, the High Court held that the union’s proposed bargaining unit was compatible with the need for effective management and therefore was appropriate in nature.

Weekly Issue 447

US obliged to consult

Section 188 of the 1992 Trade Union and Labour Relations Consolidation Act (TULRCA) states that employers must consult when "proposing" to dismiss an employee. The Supreme Court has decided in United States of America v Nolan that the obligation also applies to employers who are classified as public administrative bodies or sovereign states.

Weekly Issue 432

School closure

Section 188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Consolidation Act 1992 (TULRCA) states that employers have to consult employees before dismissing them if they intend to make 20 or more of them redundant within a certain timescale. In E Ivor Hughes Educational Foundation v Morris and ors, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that the obligations are triggered even if the decision to close is a provisional one.

Maternity/Parental rights

Weekly Issue 526

Blanket Policy

It is directly discriminatory under the Equality Act to treat a woman unfavourably “because of” her maternity leave

Weekly Issue 524

Maternity pay for men

An employment tribunal judge has ruled that offering a man two weeks paid leave following the birth of his child amounted to discrimination …

Weekly Issue 399

Shared parental leave regs

New regulations governing shared parental leave came into force last week. The regulations are intended to enable parents greater flexibility in how they share the care of their child for the first year after birth.

National minimum wage and National living wage

Weekly Issue 525

Time work

The law states that “time work” includes time when the worker is available at or near their place of work unless they are at home

Weekly Issue 509

Check your pay

The government this week launched a nationwide campaign to increase awareness among low paid workers about their rights in relation to pay.

Weekly Issue 503

She only sweeps the floors

The government has published a list of the strangest excuses given by employers for failing to pay the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Pensions

Weekly Issue 515

Objective justification

The Supreme Court has held In the matter of an application for judicial review by Denise Brewster that the requirement for a cohabiting partner to be nominated by a scheme member in order to be eligible for a survivor’s pension cannot be objectively justified.

Weekly Issue 505

Survivor pension

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held in Parris v Trinity College Dublin that it was not discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and/or age for a pension fund to refuse a retrospective claim for a survivor’s pension to the surviving spouse or civil partner.

Weekly Issue 494

Gendered pension

Up until 2014 when same-sex marriage became legal, anyone with a full certificate of gender recognition was entitled to a state pension according to the rules relating to their acquired gender, unless they were married. In MB v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Supreme Court asked the Court of Justice of the European Union whether EU law precludes national law from requiring a transgender person to be unmarried to qualify for a state pension.

Personal Injury

Weekly Issue 507

Long-term stress

A person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Weekly Issue 504

Christmas assault

Although employers can be held vicariously liable for conduct carried out by their employees, it has to be closely connected with the acts that the employee was authorised to do.

Weekly Issue 504

Unlawful suspension

Although it is advisable for claimants to obtain medical evidence, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Hampshire County Council v Wyatt held that there was no principle of law whereby tribunals could not make a personal injury award without it.

Recognition

Weekly Issue 526

Fragmented Bargaining

The law states that unions can request recognition for collective bargaining purposes if the proposed bargaining unit is deemed to be “appropriate”

Weekly Issue 513

No recognition

The law says that unions cannot request statutory recognition if there is an agreement in force allowing another union to collectively bargain on behalf of the relevant workers. In Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union (PDAU) v Boots Management Services Ltd the Court of Appeal held that if the relevant workers want to be represented by the non-recognised union, the onus is on them to bring the bargaining arrangements with the recognised union to an end.

Weekly Issue 361

No recognition

Unions cannot request recognition under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act (TULRCA) 1992 if there is a collective agreement in force allowing another union to collectively bargain on behalf of the relevant workers.

Redundancy and Protective Awards

Weekly Issue 522

Redundancy testing

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held in Green v London Borough of Barking & Dagenham that the test in unfair dismissal cases by reason of redundancy is always the same even if

Weekly Issue 501

Insensitive consultation

When carrying out a redundancy consultation prior to dismissing an employee, employers have to ensure that the consultation is meaningful and not a sham.

Weekly Issue 462

Reasonable lay off

Section 148 of the Employment Rights Act says that after a four-week layoff employees can issue a notice claiming a redundancy payment from their employer. In Craig v Bob Lindfield & Son Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that it could not imply a contract term stipulating the length of time which might be reasonable in relation to lay off periods and short-term working.

Social media

Weekly Issue 407

Offensive tweets

Although employees have a right to use social media, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held in Game Retail Ltd v Laws that it has to be balanced with their employers’ need to minimise any risk to their reputation from communications that could be read by customers and other employees.

Weekly Issue 309

Facebook views

The growing use of social media has inevitably raised questions about whether employees who post their political or religious views on their Facebook page can be found to have brought their employer into disrepute.

Weekly Issue 235

Social media and employment relations

Acas, the conciliation service, has published a new report looking at how social networking is influencing relations in the workplace and the conduct of some industrial disputes.

Trade union information

Weekly Issue 500

Reason for detriment

If a worker complains that they have been penalised for taking part in the activities of an independent trade union, the employer has to establish the main purpose for what they did (or did not do).

Weekly Issue 467

Workers' Memorial Day

The theme of this year’s Workers’ Memorial Day, which takes place on 28 April, is “Strong Laws, Strong Enforcement and Strong Unions”. The purpose behind the annual event is to raise awareness of the number of workers who lose their lives every year as a result of their work by “remembering the dead and fighting for the living”. In other words, to remember all those killed through work, while at the same time ensuring that such tragedies are not repeated.

Weekly Issue 454

Cost of Trade Union Bill

According to the government’s own impact assessment, the Trade Union Bill will cost trade unions many millions of pounds to implement.

Transfers of Undertakings

Weekly issue 532

Pre-pack

When an insolvent business is sold, the contracts of existing employees do not automatically transfer under the European Acquired Rights Directive to the buyer…

Weekly Issue 515

Principal purpose

Section 3(3) of the TUPE regulations state that immediately before a service provision change (SPC), there has to be an organised grouping of employees whose “principal purpose” is to carry out the client’s activities.

Weekly Issue 496

Different or the same?

There is a service provision change (SPC) under TUPE when “activities” which used to be carried out by one contractor are carried out by another contractor, and they remain “fundamentally the same”. In The Salvation Army Trustee Company v Bahi and ors, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that it is not an error of law for a judge to define “activities” in terms of their difference as opposed to their similarities.

UK Law

Weekly Issue 498

Government flip flops on workers' rights

Branded at the time as a way of creating a flexible workforce, the government quietly shelved its plan for creating so-called owner-employees in last week’s Autumn Statement.

Weekly Issue 468

ILS Spring Conference on EU law and Brexit

The Industrial Law Society has announced that it is holding its spring conference on Saturday 14 May on the very topical theme of EU law and Brexit.

Weekly Issue 463

Government perpetuates gender pay gap

A report published this month by the Women and Equalities Select Committee has accused the government of being complicit in a system that perpetuates the gender pay gap.

Unfair dismissal

Weekly issue 534

Dismissal reasons

When an appeal against dismissal involves no new arguments or evidence, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held in Elmore v The Governors of Darland High School and anor, that the dismissal will be fair even if the appeal panel failed to provide its own reasons for dismissing the appeal.

Weekly issue 533

Subjective Conduct

Under the Employment Rights Act (ERA) 1996, a dismissal is potentially fair if the employer can show that it related to the “conduct” of their employee.

Weekly issue 531

Limits on Employers

In misconduct cases, a dismissal is fair if the employer believed the employee to be guilty of the misconduct; had reasonable grounds for that belief; and carried out a reasonable investigation.

Vulnerable and migrant workers

Weekly issue 533

Upsurge in Modern Slavery

The National Crime Agency (NCA) announced last week that modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is far more prevalent than previously thought.

Weekly Issue 507

Big increase in insecure work

Research published by the TUC last week found that the number of people in insecure work has gone up by more than a quarter over the past five years.

Weekly Issue 501

Rising insecurity at work

The number of workers who lack access to key employment rights has nearly doubled in a decade to 1.5 million, according to a new TUC report published last week.

Whistle-blowing

Weekly Issue 528

Objective Disclosure

It is automatically unfair to dismiss a whistle-blower for making a protected disclosure if they reasonably believe it was “in the public interest”

Weekly Issue 505

Source of the breach

If a worker “blows the whistle” they have to believe that it was in the public interest and that it “tends to show” a failure to comply with a legal obligation.

Weekly Issue 469

In the public interest

Under the whistleblowing provisions, claimants making a qualifying disclosure have to show they have a reasonable belief that it is “in the public interest”. In Morgan v Royal Mencap Society, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that it was reasonably arguable that an employee could consider health and safety complaints were in the wider interests of employees generally and therefore in the public interest.

Working time and holiday pay

Weekly Issue 501

Requested rest break

The Working Time Regulations (WTR) state that workers are entitled to a rest break if their daily working time is more than six hours.

Weekly Issue 497

Commission payments

The Court of Appeal has upheld the tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal decisions in British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock and anor that the Working Time Regulations (WTR) have to be interpreted to comply with the European Working Time Directive when calculating holiday pay. That means they can include results-based commission payments.

Weekly Issue 491

Worker directors

Following the prime minister’s announcement that she wants workers to be represented on company boards, a TUC report says the change could be law within a year.

Zero hours contracts

Weekly Issue 487

Yet more people on zero hours

According to figures published last week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of people on zero-hours contracts has increased by a fifth compared to a year ago.

Weekly Issue 461

Rise in zero-hours contracts

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of people on zero-hours contracts has risen by 15 per cent since 2014.

Weekly Issue 443

Zero exclusivity

The government has recently published draft regulations preventing employers from enforcing exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts.