Are Zero-Hours Workers entitled to Paid Annual Leave?

Are Zero-Hours Workers entitled to Paid Annual Leave?

The simple answer is ‘yes’. Employees engaged on zero-hours contracts have the same legal protections as more traditional full-time employees and are entitled to paid annual leave during employment. Zero-hours workers are also entitled to paid leave upon termination of employment, should there be any accrued leave that hasn’t been taken. Zero-hours workers continue to…

Some TIPS for Employers during the Christmas Season

Beware the Christmas Party

…and other HR TIPS to help employers avoid issues during the Christmas Season Communicate any compulsory closing dates to employees early in the year – as this can affect annual leave entitlements Review annual leave entitlements for the year and ensure employees have taken their full leave entitlement or, whether they are allowed (in line…

Can I refuse an annual leave request?

Yes, although employees have the right to statutory annual leave, employers can say when leave can or cannot be taken. Some organisations have shut-downs when employees are required to take leave and others may stop employees taking leave during busy periods at certain times of the year. To avoid issues cropping up at busy times…

Why should my business have an Employee Handbook?

Why should my business have an Employee Handbook?

Employee handbooks are a staple to any business and, if written well and properly communicated to your workforce, they will provide an invaluable point of reference for managers and their teams. Employee handbooks set the expectations between employers and their employees. They provide clear guidelines on the company’s rules and practices and are especially useful…

Does a period of unpaid leave create a break in an employee's continuity of service?

Does a period of unpaid leave create a break in an employee’s continuity of service?

It is common during unpaid leave that is pre-arranged, for the employee to remain under a contract of employment and so continuity of service will not normally be broken. In addition, even if there is no contract of employment covering the period, the Employment Rights Act 1996 provides that continuity of employment can be maintained…