Can workers receive payment for ‘sleeping’ at work?!

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently considered this question, more specifically whether workers are entitled to the national minimum wage when ‘on-call’ (or sleeping!) at work. In the case of Focus Care Agency v Roberts, along with two other cases heard at the same time (Frudd v The Partington Group Ltd and Royal Mencap Society…

National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Following on from my post in October 2016 which detailed the increase to the National Minimum Wage amongst other key Employment Law Changes, the draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations have now been published and will come into force from 1st April 2017. In brief, the changes are as follows: The National Living Wage for…

Initial reaction to the introduction of the national living wage

Further to my previous blog post about the introduction of the national living wage (NLW), I was interested to read that not all of us think the effective increase to the national minimum wage will have a positive impact on the UK or its employees. You will by now probably be aware that larger businesses…

A Guide to the National Living Wage

If you have had the opportunity to read my previous blog post ‘Key Employment Law Changes’, you will be aware that from 1st April 2016, all employers are under a duty to comply with new obligations under the ‘National Living Wage’ regulations. It is important that small business owners in particular are aware of the…

Key employment law changes

As you may or may not be aware, each year in April the Government introduces new legislation in respect of employment rights and responsibilities.  Below is a summary of the key changes being implemented this month. National Living Wage From 1st April 2016, workers aged 25 and over are entitled to the ‘national living wage’…

What do you need to know about the living wage?

Mimicking the late Steve Jobs’ “…and there’s one last thing” announcements at Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conferences, Chancellor George Osborne delayed the announcement the implementation of a compulsory national living wage (NLW) until near the end of his Summer Budget speech. Perhaps the easiest way of understanding the new arrangements is that, in effect, they boil…

new for October 2014

Over the last few years a tendency has emerged for employment law changes to take place in April and October each year, with the main changes in April. 2014 is no exception but should nonetheless be aware of four changes that come into effect tomorrow, 1 October. Antenatal rights for fathers and partners Under the…

new National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2013

One of the more surprising political stories to emerge this month was Allegra Stratton’s BBC report that the Conservatives are considering ways in which to raise the National Minimum Wage. Apparently the intention is to strike a balance between increasing people’s earning power while avoiding a negative impact on the number of people in employment.…

National Minimum Wage increases announced

The Government has settled on the rates of National Minimum Wage, as proposed by the Independent Low Pay Commission, to come into effect on 1 October 2013. The announcement had been delayed for a month, prompting speculation that the Government might freeze the rates but Business Secretary Vince Cable said that he was confident that…