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  • 17 Nov 2014
    The tribunals have been full recently of holiday pay cases, starting with Williams Vs British Airways and ending with Fulton Vs Bear Scotland, with the Lock judgement expected in February. Between them the cases have determined that certain overtime pay, bonuses and commission should be included in holiday pay and led to John Lewis settling back pay for £40m. As most employers tend to pay holiday pay at the ‘normal basic rate’ the ramifications of these cases are enormous. In this article we explain the background to the issue and provide valuable guidance to employers who wish to eradicate the risks.

  • 5 Nov 2014
    Yesterday saw a landmark judgement from the Employment Appeal Tribunal that will have significant implications for employers who regularly provide overtime. The press has covered the issue to varying degrees of accuracy, and we would strongly encourage employers to review their payment practices and employment contracts/staff handbooks now. This is particularly important as action taken ahead of any appeal could prevent claims being brought, and in some cases holiday pay shortfalls could cause rectification payments going back to 1998.

  • 5 Nov 2014
    Building in compliance with employment law isn’t as onerous as you might think. Follow our top tips and you’ll be up and running in a couple of hours. See below for our guide.

  • 4 Nov 2014
    Announced yesterday was that the Living Wage, a standard adopted by more than 1000 employers across the country, will increase to £7.85 (a 20p increase) and to £9.15 in London, 40% above the equivalent National Minimum wage. With interest in the Living Wage doubling in the last year its important that small employers understand the implications and reach of the inflation linked rate.

  • 4 Nov 2014
    ACAS has just published its guidance for the new shared parental leave which will apply for babies born after 5th April 2015. Employers are hardly likely to be jumping for joy at the prospect of yet more sweeping changes to maternity and paternity laws, but we’re all going to have to get used to them.