Defining the role of an au pair, should in theory be relatively easy. Au Pairs are usually individuals from another EU Country, who come to help with either the housework or childcare duties for a family, working between 25 to 30 hours a week in exchange for a live-in room and board, as well as “pocket money”.
Employers can dismiss people, however as the case in thisarticle shows, the employer must have strong evidence and reason before dismissing an employee, but how can you check if your dismissal was unfair?
Employment tribunal claims spike whilst refunds remain unpaid.
One year on from the Supreme Court ruling to scrap employment tribunal fees, the number of people considering bringing an employment issue to tribunal has risen by 30%, whilst 80% of tribunal fee refunds remain unpaid.
Following two European harassment cases that resulted in compensation being awarded, what constitutes as harassment in the work place?
All workers are entitled to take holiday and must be paid the same amount of pay whilst on holiday as they usually would, had they been at work. Holiday pay must include overtime, bonuses and commission if they usually make up part of someone’s normal weekly pay.
The government has published a whitepaper, entitled “the Future Relationship Between the UK and the European Union”, in which it is proposed that there be no regression in the UK’s employment laws following its exit from the European Union.
The Met Office has issued amber weather warnings for the end of this week with temperatures set to reach as high as 34 degrees celsius in some parts of the country. Unfortunately for those seeking a day off work because of the heat, there are no laws in the UK about when it is too hot to work.
It is common for elderly, disabled or vulnerable individuals to have care packages that require their carers to stay overnight at their home. The thought being that the carer can be called upon immediately should assistance be required throughout the night. Are these carers who are technically ‘on call’ therefore entitled to be paid national minimum wage whilst they sleep?
Employees are entitled to raise a grievance if they have a concern, problem or complaint at work. It could be the way the way a colleague or manager is treating them, concerns regarding a task they have been instructed to do or being subjected to unreasonable treatment.
An increasingly demanding work culture is creating a work/life imbalance. Gone are the days where working 9 till 5, 5 days a week is the norm. Expectations have evolved; individuals are working longer hours and spending more time working out of the office, at home. Advances in technology mean individuals have greater flexibility towards how, when and where they work.
The nation is at fever pitch with the World Cup in Russia kicking off today. Up and down the country flags are appearing and people are preparing for a month full of football.
But how do you juggle watching all of the games and work? With this year’s World cup being hosted in Russia the different time zones mean some games are kicking off as early as 11am. England’s matches are luckily all evening games or at the weekend, but this doesn’t account for fans supporting a different country.
The gender pay gap has been a discussion point, topic of debate and point of interest for decades. In an attempt to increase awareness and begin processes to address the issue, the UK government has introduced compulsory reporting of the gender pay gap for all businesses and organisations with more than 250 employees, with returns mandatory by the 5th April 2018. The report was based upon a snapshot of earnings for all employees for a given date at the start of April 2017.
A recent discrimination case ruling by an employment tribunal in the UK has overturned the dismissal of, and awarded damages to, a female court worker. This has added an interesting stance to our understanding of workplace discrimination, the Equality Act 2010 and to the growing debate on attitudes towards menopause in the workplace.
In February 2018, two new Orders were placed before Parliament which are set to change the requirements of information on payslips based on the contents of The Taylor Review, published in July 2017, in which recommendations were made to increase the rights of workers. The Orders placed before Parliament follow the recent response from the government to this Review, which, amongst other items, confirmed that they would be introducing legislation to extend the right to receive a payslip to all workers. This all-encompassing ‘workers’ umbrella includes those on casual and zero-hours contracts.
Major changes to employment status are imminent. It is time to review contracts and assess business position in terms of employment law.
In the requirement to review employment contracts for all, we have reached the next stage in plans for the major shake-up of employment law, which began with the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices- a review requested by the Prime Minister as a reaction, in part, to the growth of the UK’s gig economy.