Category Archives: Human Resource Management

Unpaid Shift Work

Currently a company can invite prospective employees to come in and complete ‘trial shifts’ in order to assess their competency, with the intention that if all goes well a job will be available at the end of this shift. However, there have been growing complaints that employers are using trial shifts as a way of […]

Increase to National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

From 1st April 2018 all employers will need to comply with the new National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates. The government is committed to increasing the National Living Wage annually with plans to further increase the new wage to £9 per an hour by 2020. This rise will effectively require 6% year-on-year increases. […]

Employment Tribunal Decisions Update

1) Successful outcome for Unison’s challenge of Employment tribunal fees The decision to quash tribunal fees, which were first introduced by the Government in 2013, is deemed to be one of the most important court decisions of 2017. The Supreme Court judges voted unanimously that the employment tribunal fees system was unlawful and that the […]

Workers’ Rights, but who is a Worker?

In today’s modern workplace, where organisational boundaries are fluid and using a wide variety of labour is the norm, the status of our ‘workers’ is coming under greater scrutiny. What do we mean by ‘status’ and why is this important? In a straightforward example, where an employee works for an employer under a contract of […]

To Suspend or Not To Suspend

Most companies will have a section in their handbook that explains the company’s right to suspend an employee when carrying out an investigation into alleged misconduct. However, the recent case of Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth shows why it is important to think carefully before issuing a suspension, whatever the allegation. Ms Agoreyo, a […]

Voluntary Overtime and Holiday Implications

Earlier this month the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) heard a case that will affect thousands of employers when it comes to calculating holiday pay. The case in question was: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts (and others) 56 employees brought a joint claim against the council in respect of voluntary overtime not being included in […]