Unpaid Leave (HR Guide to Employees’ Rights)

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Unpaid leave is where an employee takes time off from their job without pay. In some situations, as in the case of time off to care for a dependent in an emergency, you must grant the time off, although you can decide whether it is paid or unpaid. In other situations, such as a request […]

Breach of Employment Contract (Essential Guide)

If an employer or employee breaks or fails to meet terms under the employment contract, they may be in breach of the employment contract. Breach of an employment contract can include anything from relatively minor breaches, such as an employer’s failure to pay an employee’s expenses on the correct date, to fundamental breaches of contract […]

Employee Signed Off Work with Stress?

Stress-related sickness absence has become increasingly prevalent in the workplace. Employers face a balancing act between supporting their employees’ wellbeing while minimising the risk of operational disruption and impact on other employees resulting from individuals being signed off work with stress. The following guide examines the rights and responsibilities of employees who are absent due […]

Written Statement of Employment Particulars

All employers are required to provide a written statement of employment particulars to all employees and workers employed on or after 6 April 2020 from the first day of employment.   What is a written statement of employment? A written statement of employment, or a section 1 statement, is a document which sets out the […]

Overtime Pay & Rules (Employers’ Guide)

Calculating overtime pay and holiday entitlement can quickly become complicated for employers. This overtime pay guide will help you understand employees’ rights and your obligations relating to UK overtime laws.   What counts as overtime? Typically, an employee will be contractually required to work a fixed number of hours per week in return for a […]

Secondment Agreement (Employers’ Guide)

Whether your organisation is considering a programme of secondments for a group of employees or arranging a single secondment for an individual employee, you will need to know how to go about achieving this, in particular, you will need to consider the contents of any secondment agreement. Equally, if you are a host organisation looking […]

Rolled Up Holiday Pay (Employer FAQs)

All workers in the UK have a right to holiday pay; one week’s pay for each week of statutory leave. The amount to which they are entitled is calculated by reference to the hours worked and how they are usually paid. For fixed hour workers, this is a fairly simple process, but for casual and […]

Zero Hour Contract Holiday Pay Entitlement

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With zero hour contracts a common feature of the UK economy, the following guide looks at the law relating to zero hour contract holiday pay entitlement.   Zero hour contract rights Under the Employment Rights Act (ERA) 1996, a zero hour contract is defined as a contract of employment under which the undertaking to do […]

TOIL Policy (Managing Time Off In Lieu)


An effective TOIL policy can help ensure a consistent and legally compliant approach to managing time off in lieu for overtime.   What is TOIL? TOIL stands for ‘Time Off In Lieu’. It refers to time off given to an employee to ‘replace’ any overtime they have already worked. Employees may earn the right to […]

Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (Employer Guide)

16 minute read Last updated: 30th November 2019 As an employer, it will be important to understand the employment rules that apply to agency workers, compared to workers or employees who have been hired directly by you. The Agency Worker Regulations 2010 were introduced to remove discrimination facing agency workers in areas such as pay, […]