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Calculating Holiday Entitlement and Holiday Pay for Atypical Workers

Holiday Pay

Following the much awaited Supreme Court decision in the Harpur Trust v Brazel holiday pay case, we consider the implications for calculating holiday entitlement and pay for atypical workers. Harpur Trust v Brazel Holiday Pay Decision Back at the beginning of this month we announced the Supreme Court decision in the Harpur Trust v Brazel

Agencies Allowed to Supply Temporary Workers to Cover Striking Workers

Striking Workers

New UK regulations allow Agencies and Employment Businesses to supply temporary workers to cover workers taking industrial action. Revocation of Regulation 7 of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 On 21 July 2022, the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/852) (the Regulations) and the Liability

Women and Equalities Committee Calls for Menopause to be a Protected Characteristic

Menopause Support

Despite the calls from various charities and a recently published report from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee (WEC), legislative reform looks unlikely. A recent survey undertaken by the Fawcett Society, a charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights, which was commissioned by Channel 4 for use in its documentary ‘Sex, Myths

UK Data Protection Reforms via the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill

GDPR Regulations

Since its introduction in May 2018, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) have been a complex and burdensome piece of legislation that many UK employers have struggled with but with the freedoms afforded to the UK in a post-Brexit environment, the UK Government has seized the opportunity to update and simplify the UK GDPR and

Percentage Method for Calculating Holiday Pay Ruled Unlawful

Holiday Pay

The Supreme Court decision in Harpur Trust v Brazel has major implications for thousands of employers, changing the way holiday pay is calculated for staff who work irregular hours on permanent contracts. On 20 July 2022, the Supreme Court delivered its judgment in Harpur Trust v Brazel, rejecting Harpur’s appeal and upholding the decision of

Managing Staff Absence Effectively & Legally

Fit Note

We look at the issues arising from both short-term and long-term absences and the steps employers can take to manage staff absence effectively and legally. In the UK, the total economic cost of sickness absence, lost productivity through worklessness, and health-related productivity losses, are estimated to be over £100bn annually. Incapacity for work is generally understood to mean

Is Long COVID a Disability Under the Equality Act?

Long COVID Symptoms

1.8 million people in the UK are estimated to be experiencing long COVID symptoms by the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) COVID-19 Infection Survey, but how many are likely to be considered to be disabled under the Equality Act 2010? According to the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) COVID-19 Infection Survey, based on self-reported