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6th April 2014

In December last year we represented a locum pharmacist in the Employment Tribunal. The Tribunal Judgment, which can be found here: (, concludes that the claimant was a worker despite the presence of a substitution clause in the locum contact. Her worker’s status was relevant to a claim for unpaid holiday pay over a three […]

What is a zero-hours contract?

13th August 2013

Zero hours contracts have been headline news recently. In June of this year Business Secretary Vince Cable announced a review to assess whether zero hours contracts were being abused. On 5 August the CIPD, issued a press release revealing that zero-hours contracts were far more wide spread than expected. ( Unsurprisingly, the use of zero-hours […]

Get Ahead of the Games for Employers in London

16th July 2012

Less than two weeks to go until the start of the Olympic games (27 July -12 August) and the Paralympics (29 August – 9 September).  Transport for London on behalf of the Olympic Delivery Authority, the Department for Transport, the Highways Agency, National Rail and the Mayor of London have published a website full of practical […]

Do you need to give your people a day off for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?

17th May 2012

As most of you are aware the Queen is giving us one extra bank holiday on 5 June 2012 for her Diamond Jubilee.  Do you need to give the day off to your people? A bit of history first: when the right to holiday pay was introduced by the Working Time Regulations in 1998, it […]

When was the last time you looked at your contracts of employment?

13th June 2011

When we see a new SME client for the first time, it is usually because they have a problem and they would like our help to solve it. It is also very likely that, as part of the problem solving process, we will ask to see the relevant contract of employment. From our experience, the […]

Do you need to pay your interns?

24th May 2011

Kerry Hudson, an intern who had been working on the My Village web site for two months, successfully sued TPG Web Publishing Ltd for the minimum wage and unpaid holiday. This follows a recent case brought by an Equity member Nick Thomas-Webster against a production company. The question raised by these cases is should you […]