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Holiday Pay: Could your business be at risk?

Managing leave for your staff is one thing, but have you also considered if you are paying workers correctly when they are on holiday? The rights surrounding annual leave and holiday pay have been in a state of flux for some years.

Recap: the law
In brief, the right to annual leave and associated pay is set out in the Working Time Directive, which derives from Europe. The UK implemented the Directive into the Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR”) which provide employees and/or workers with 5.6 weeks entitlement per year,

Dealing with mental health at work

Mental health awareness week was highlighted by the media in May. Poor mental health can affect every one of us to varying degrees and duration. The Department of Health considers that one in four of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives. Whilst dealing with mental health can be a sensitive area, it is important that as business owners, we do not shy away from dealing with it when it affects the people we work with.

Case law update: Pimlico Plumbers

Some of you keen gig economy followers may recall the case of Smith v Pimlico Plumbers which has been running through the courts for some years. On 20 March 2019 an employment tribunal decided that Mr Smith is not entitled to claim unpaid holiday pay to the tune of £74,000.

To recap the background to this case; Mr Smith was engaged as a ‘self employed’ plumber at Pimlico Plumbers for a number of years, before the engagement was terminated by Pimlico.