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Employees Can’t Be On Holiday If They’re Ill

A recent ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) states that employees who go on sick leave during a period of annual leave should be allowed to reschedule their holidays, even if that results in annual leave entitlement being carried forward into a new holiday year. The ruling follows the House of Lord’s judgment […]

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Holiday Pay for Long Term Sick

The House of Lords has ruled that employees can accrue annual leave and other benefits when they are on long-term sick leave. In a long-awaited judgment, the law lords agreed with the previous decision of the European Court of Justice that workers on sick leave should be entitled to statutory holiday pay. The ruling means […]

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Working Time Directive

In December 2008, the European Parliament voted to abolish the opt out clause to the Working Time Directive. A number of member states, including the UK, opposed the move. The collapse of recent conciliation talks between MEPs, government ministers and the European Commission means the UK will now retain the opt out, enabling UK employees […]

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Ban on Using Tips for Minimum Wage

Using tips to make up staff pay to minimum wage levels will be outlawed from October this year. The announcement follows a consultation on the use of tips, gratuities, service charges and cover charges in relation to the national minimum wage.

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Statutory Redundancy Pay

From 1 October 2009, the maximum rate of a week’s pay for the calculation of statutory redundancy pay will rise to £380.  The increased weekly pay limit will also be used to calculate compensation for unfair dismissals and other claims from the same date.

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Paternity Leave Extension Suspended

Plans to give fathers six months paternity leave have been postponed by the government to help employers during the recession. The proposal, announced in 2005, was set to be introduced this year to allow mothers and fathers to share a year of parental leave, with fathers able to take six months leave after the mother’s […]

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