Gig Economy News – Zero Hour NMW Rate

In other gig economy news, a new national minimum wage rate for employees on non-guaranteed hours has been proposed. The rationale behind it is that if an employee is not guaranteed hours then they need a high rate of pay to accommodate the fact they may have hours reduced without warning. With a general election [...]

Employment Law update – Summary of changes

The annual Employment Law update is next month. The biggest changes are as follows: National Minimum Wage rates increase on the 1st April Family friendly pay rates increase on 2nd April Statutory Sick pay increase on 6th April Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations come into force on 6th April – however, the snapshot date is [...]

Minimum wage offenders – Latest list published

Welcome back, last week our case law update covered the highly influential Pilmlico Plumbers case. This week, as it’s the last Friday of the month, it’s time to step away from the world of case law and take a wider view at the changing face of employment law. Not only that, we have some very [...]

Employment law forecast 2017

After our weather forecast of snow did not come to fruition, we will stick to Employment Law. Here are a few things that will be happening in 2017. Trade Union Bill    Whilst no implementation date has been set, the Bill will introduce a number of proposed changes to current strike action: - 50% turnout threshold for [...]

Autumn Statment – National Living Wage – Lower than expected increase

Another thing on the rise is the National Living Wage. As you will probably already know any employee over the age of 25 is entitled to the National Living Wage, which has risen by 30p to £7.50. This is 14p below the predicted 2017 rate of £7.64, meaning the average worker will be worse off by [...]

National Minimum Wage – Latest rates

Hello, it’s the last Friday of the month and that means it’s time for your monthly Employment Law Update. Last month we looked at Bank Holiday working, the gig economy and the Byron Burger scandal and last week’s case examined Early Conciliation. This month we have lots for you, including forthcoming changes to the minimum wage and the apprenticeship [...]

Gig economy – Hermes latest company to face minimum wage investigation

The gig economy has been a recurring theme of recent newsletters. Previously we have said that delivery drivers for Hermes were reported to earn as little as £5.50 an hour. It has also been reported that staff are so scared of having their shifts withdrawn they have worked sick with sick buckets in their cars and that other [...]

Sports Direct – The scandal continues

The Sports Direct scandal keeps rumbling on. The latest papers to be filed with the High Court have revealed that women returning from maternity leave were moved onto zero hours contracts and were therefore ineligible for the company’s bonus scheme, a PCP that clearly puts women at a disadvantage. Furthermore, employees transferring from companies purchased by Sports [...]

Gig economy – Deliveroo workers go on strike

Last month we examined the gig economy and briefly mentioned food delivery firm, Deliveroo, whose contracts breach s203 of the employment rights act by preventing staff from bringing Tribunal claims about their employment status. This month staff at Deliveroo have gone on strike after the company proposed to pay them £3.75 per delivery instead of £7 an [...]