Category: Employment Law


Voluntary Workers – Their rights and your responsibilities as an employer

A volunteer is anyone who carries out unpaid work for a charity, fundraising body or voluntary organisation. If you hire volunteers to work for your organisation, there are certain things you need to be aware of. If you happen to be a volunteer, it pays to know your rights, too. We’ve outlined some of the legalities to help you both stay on the right side of the law.

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Firefighter ruling sparks new heat for employers

The standby arrangements for Belgium’s volunteer firefighters are set to cause new headaches for employers with workers who are paid flat rates for time on-call or when sleeping in the workplace, with a judgement that will affect companies across the European Union.

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The Rights to a Better Gig

Millions of freelancers, hired by companies instead of full-time employees to work in what has become known as the ‘Gig Economy’, will be entitled to holiday and sick pay under new Government plans to address modern workers' rights.

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All Things Being Equal – The Great Supermarket Sweep

The news that supermarket giant, Tesco, could be facing an equal pay claim worth up to a record £4 billion added fuel to the growing issue of gender equality in the workplace. Whilst causing a sensation in the media, Verisona Law’s Head of Employment, Sue Ball, looks behind the headlines to see what lies ahead.

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When mini breaks just don’t cut it: Tribunal ruling demonstrates importance of 20 minute rest breaks

Tribunal says twenty-minute rest periods for workers should be given in one run, not as a series of mini-breaks.

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Spotlight on equal pay

Equal pay is a legal obligation. In recent months it has hit the headlines, with the BBC notably coming under fire for inequality in pay between the sexes. And you can expect more front pages, as by 4 April 2018 (or 30 March for the public sector) all employers with 250 or more employees are required to report their gender pay gap and bonus data.

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How enforceable is the Living Wage

Fair pay for a fair day’s work is the bedrock of a good relationship between employers and employees. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) has ensured that everyone gets a minimum amount per hour, which is legally enforceable.

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Good intentions not enough in wage calculations

Accurate calculations of the National Minimum Wage continue to cause headaches for employers, with an employment tribunal acknowledging the complexity, saying there is no single key to unlock every case.

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Workforce wellbeing must include mental health awareness

Workforce wellbeing must include mental health awareness

Understanding of mental health issues is high on the agenda, thanks to the involvement of the younger members of the Royal family in the Heads Together awareness campaign which has seen the #oktosay hashtag trending.

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Tribunal Pays Outs on the Increase

From 6th April 2017, the financial limits for awards made in employment tribunals and statuary payments will rise to record highs.

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