Category: Employment

Heather Love Jan 2022

Holiday Entitlement and Holiday Pay – Key points for Employers

Holiday entitlement and pay is a notoriously difficult area for HR practitioners. Typical challenges include calculating holiday entitlement for casual or zero hours workers, accounting for bank holidays for part-time staff and trying to keep up with the constantly evolving case law regarding what aspects of employee remuneration are deemed “normal pay” and therefore must be included in holiday pay. We summarise the main questions and answers below. However, legal advice should always be taken on a specific scenario. The below should only be treated as guidance.

Heather Love Jan 2022

Grievance Procedure – Key points for Employers

Most employee grievances can be resolved quickly and informally through discussions between the employee and a manager. Where that doesn’t work, the employee may raise a formal grievance and employers should have a written grievance procedure in place that explains what happens and which staff know about. 

Heather Love Jan 2022

IKEA cuts sick pay for unvaccinated staff who are self-isolating due to Covid exposure

A significant social media backlash followed the announcement by IKEA that only staff fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or those who have mitigating circumstances, will receive enhanced company sick pay in the future when self-isolating due to Covid-19 exposure

Jan 2022

Meet our Employment Team - Elaine Tyler

Meet Elaine Tyler, Legal Assistant, in our Employment Team.

Heather Love Jan 2022

Disciplinary Procedure – Key points for Employers

Do you have compliant disciplinary and grievance procedures?

Heather Love Jan 2022

Can staff who are afraid of catching Covid-19 refuse to return to work in the office?

Is fear of Covid -19 a protected belief under the Equality Act 2010?

Richard Clapham Dec 2021

Sunak support provides welcome boost to hospitality

The Chancellor has revealed a package of support worth £1bn to help fund businesses hit by the latest rise in Covid-19 cases.

Keith Potter Dec 2021

Sick Absence and Fit Notes: Temporary New Rules

Some temporary regulations affecting sick absence were published on 16 December 2021 and came into force on 17 December 2021.

Heather Love Dec 2021

Can my employer refuse my request for Christmas holiday?

My employer has just declined my leave request for some time off over Christmas. The reason they gave was that others had already put their requests in before me and that it would leave them short staffed. I feel this is unfair as I only joined the company recently - is their refusal legal?

Heather Love Dec 2021

‘Tis the season – for a sickie?

Yes, it’s that time of year again; the flu season. Add the Covid-19 virus into the mix and employers can soon find themselves in the middle of a “sickie” epidemic. But what can you do if you think your employees are just in need of a duvet day?