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‘Zero hours contracts’ on the increase

23rd October 2015
Over the last few years, zero hours contracts have rarely been out of the press, and last month, the Office of National Statistics announced the number of people working on contracts with no minimum hours, widely referred to as ‘zero hours contracts’, has yet again increased. What are zero hours contracts? It is generally acknowledged that the term ‘zero hours… Read more

National Minimum Wage changes effective from 1st Oct 2015

30th September 2015
National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Take note employers in Newark, Southwell and Mansfield – the National Minimum Wage is increasing with effect from 1st October 2015, says employment lawyer, Janine Lawton. The minimum wage is increased for adults aged 21 years or older, 18-20 year olds, and 16-17 year olds. It is further increased for apprentices who are either under… Read more

Shared parental leave – what employers need to know

6th March 2015
Janine Lawton On 1 April 2015, new rules will come into force allowing working parents to share parental leave for a year after their child is born. Janine Lawton, employment lawyer at Tallents Solicitors in Newark looks at the key points of shared parental leave that employers should be aware of. Says Janine, “The changes are… Read more

Holiday pay – are you getting it right?

14th November 2014
On 4 November 2014 the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) handed down its decision in the landmark case of Bear Scotland Limited v Fulton in which it confirmed that holiday pay should include a sum of money in respect of overtime. Factoring non-guaranteed overtime into holiday pay calculations Whilst it is well established that holiday pay should take into account guaranteed… Read more

Updated rights for expectant fathers

30th October 2014
Fathers can ask for time off to accompany a pregnant partner to antenatal appointments On 1 October 2014, a new statutory right was introduced entitling expectant fathers and partners of pregnant women to take unpaid leave to accompany her to two of her antenatal appointments. What is the right? The entitlement is to unpaid time off for one or two… Read more