Asda loses appeal in initial stage of equal pay case

In a judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal this morning, it was ruled that supermarket staff (mostly women) and warehouse staff (mostly men) working at supermarket giant Asda can compare themselves against each other for equal pay purposes. Under current UK employment law, Claimants and their comparators must be working at the same establish......

Calculating holiday pay for zero hours, term-time only employees: what you need to know following the case of Brazel v The Harpur Trust UKEAT/0102/17/LA

In the case of Brazel v The Harpur Trust, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that the ACAS guidance in respect of paying part-time employees and workers on irregular hours a maximum of 12.07% of their annualised hours for holiday pay is incorrect. By way of background, this accrual rate derives from the fact that the standard working year is......

When ‘Banter’ crosses over into abuse

“It’s just a bit of bants!” If you work in any kind of environment, from an office to a building site, you’ll be familiar with the term ‘banter’. It’s that humorous back and forth we all use to make the day a little brighter, to have a joke and a laugh with our colleagues, and to generally brighten up what can be a mundane working environment. But......

When “it’s just office banter” might be a defence

The case of Evans v Xactly Corporation Limited considered questions of disability and race discrimination, with the Claimant bringing proceedings for a number of breaches of the Equality Act 2010. The Claimant relied on the protected characteristic of disability as a result of his type 1 diabetes, and the protected characteristic of race......

The Pimlico Plumbers case – making it harder for employers to justify ‘self-employed’ status

The Supreme Court today found in favour of plumber Gary Smith in his claim that he was entitled to sick pay and holiday pay, despite his employer Pimlico Plumbers claiming he was self–employed. Although he provided his own tools and could choose when he worked, Mr Smith worked solely for Pimlico, was required to wear their uniform and to work a min......

Employers must tackle their game plan before kick-off

With the 2018 World Cup about to kick-off in Moscow, football fans will have their eye on the ball, whether for England or their home country. And following England’s 2-1 win in its warm-up friendly with Nigeria, the tactics for the team are likely to be the focus of much debate. But it’s not just the players who need to warm up, as UK business ne......

Social media and the workplace

The problems We’ve all heard stories in the press regarding employees making derogatory comments about their employer via social media and risking the employer’s reputation as a result. So, what do you do if you find out that one of your own employees is posting negative feedback about your organisation on Facebook or Twitter, for example? The f......

Case Study - Employee Investigations

Sometimes a client will request our support as an independent investigator into either disciplinary or grievance issues. This can be helpful where the client wants someone who has had no previous involvement in a case or where they are too small a company to be able to deliver the required objectivity. In a recent example, we were asked for advice......

Kathryn Pratt from Ashtons HR Consulting looks at the issue of presenteeism: https://t.co/cN8nmPrpQ2 #presenteeismhttps://t.co/SszzwKeR4Q
RT @LucyPakes: It was indeed a lovely evening with colleagues and clients https://t.co/8AAF4ypwMf