European Court of Justice gives OPINION on unpaid and untaken holidays

Does a worker’s holiday entitlement continue to accrue into successive years if they do not take their annual leave because their employer will not pay them for these holidays? The Advocate General at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has answered ‘yes’ to this question, in a non-binding opinion. In the case of King v…

Employment law changes – October 2016

April is not the only month when legislative changes are introduced – employers and employees should be aware of the following changes, which were implemented on 1st October 2016: National Minimum Wage– the standard adult rate for workers aged 21 and over increased to £6.95, the development rate for those aged 18-20 to £5.55, the young…

What are the likely implications of Brexit on UK Employment Law/HR practices?

Employers may not be aware that much of the current legislation in place to protect employee rights actually derives from the European Union – for example, working time regulations, rights of the employees on a business transfer (TUPE) and family leave rights to name but a few. Indeed some Politicians for the ‘Leave Campaign’ will no…

Summary of forthcoming changes

Here  is an outline list of eight employment law related changes (and non-changes) announced by the Government due in the near future.  The last three are of sufficient general importance to merit separate consideration – provided by separate posts (see links below). The outline list is as follows: 1.  Time off to Train The Government has now announced that this right…

controversial recruitment practice at Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council has caused a furore by banning white people from applying for a traineeship because it wants to boost staff diversity. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph the two-year training opportunity is only open to people from black or ethnic minority backgrounds because the “normal recruitment process was not rectifying” under-representation.…

sexist behaviour could end up costing Sussex Police £575,000

[picappgallerysingle id=”8528013″ align=”left”] Firearms officer Barbara Lynford was awarded £275,000 by an employment tribunal in 2007 after she was subjected to sexist behaviour when working in a team based at Gatwick Airport. She was the only woman in the 18-strong unit and staff left images of topless women lying around and made comments about Ms…