I am a waitress. Am I entitled to my tips?

The recent announcement regarding the government’s plans for workers to receive the tips given to them has created much debate. While most employers do act in good faith, there are many who follow poor tipping practices. There are excessive deductions in the tips left by customers by the time it reaches the pocket of workers. … Read more

Should Voluntary Overtime be taken into Account when Calculating Holiday Pay?

The Employer Appeal Tribunal in UK has recently made an announcement whether voluntary as well as non-guaranteed overtime will be taken into consideration, or not, when calculating the amount of holiday pay. The decision was made after a case came up involving a group of employees involved in an NHS trust, who brought in claims … Read more

Risk Assessment for Pregnant Employees and Breastfeeding Mothers

What is risk assessment? Every employee working in an organisation has the right to be protected from any potential harm. A risk assessment is an essential part of an organisation where a careful examination is conducted to check for potential hazards caused by a work activity. This can help the employers in taking appropriate safety … Read more

Paternity Pay and Leave in UK, Contractual Paternity Pay or Statutory Paternity Pay

In the UK, employees are eligible to take time off work if they are having, or adopting, a child with their partner. As a result, they are eligible to receive one or two weeks of paid paternity leave and pay. An individual may also be eligible for Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental … Read more

Can Claimants who could not Afford the Tribunal Fees now bring a Claim Retrospectively?

After the Supreme Court ruling on September 17th, 2017, fees for employment tribunals are no longer payable. This is indeed good news for someone who cannot afford a tribunal fee and needs to bring in a claim. The regime for employment tribunal claim fees has been deemed unlawful since the time it was introduced. The … Read more

Redundancy during Pregnancy and Statutory Maternity Pay

What is redundancy? Redundancy is basically a type of dismissal. To be made redundant, you have to be dismissed for one of the following reasons: The need for workers of a particular skill has reduced or ended in your employer’s organisation Your workplace has permanently or temporarily closed down. Your employer goes out of business … Read more

What is an Occupational Scheme?

Irrespective of whether you are an employer or an employee, there are a plethora of benefits of an occupational scheme or an occupational pension scheme. An occupational pension scheme usually involves not just the employee but also the employer’s contribution. In this type of pension plan, the employer is committed to contribute to the pension … Read more

Time Off for Antenatal Appointments

Antenatal care is the routine healthcare given to pregnant women, which helps diagnose any complicating obstetric conditions during a pregnancy. Therefore, employment law in the United Kingdom entitles pregnant employees to reasonable paid time off (this includes travel time) for antenatal care. In total, the number of antenatal appointments is between seven and ten, though … Read more

Workplace and Personal Pensions: Your Rights

Most employees and workers in the United Kingdom opt for Personal Pensions to help build up retirement income benefits. They are often known as “defined contributions” or “money purchase” and offer a variety of tax advantages, whether you’re self-employed, employed, or not working. There are some organisations who offer personal pensions as workplace pensions. Personal … Read more

Legal Issues When Running a Business

Running a new business in the UK? You might be familiar with some of the critical legal obligations defined under UK employment law. While it might seem overwhelming at first, you have to accept the responsibility of anticipating and tackling these legal issues in a timely manner. Otherwise, you may find yourself in direct conflict … Read more