Working time

Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog, sharing with you our views and insights into the latest trends and developments in working time. This European piece of legislation has generated more complex case law than almost any other area.

Summer Sports Bonanza – should employers be excited or apprehensive?

Robbie Sinclair

With Euro 2016 fast approaching (kicking off tonight), employers will have already started to consider the impact that this summer’s sporting events may have on the workplace. Read More

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Holiday Pay Update: British Gas’s Appeal Dismissed

Thomas Twitchett

The wait is finally over. Earlier this week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) delivered its long-awaited judgment in the holiday pay case of Lock v British Gas, comprehensively dismissing British Gas’s appeal. Read More

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Holiday pay re-visited – the break’s over

Thomas Twitchett

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the matter of holiday pay and commission was re-visited once again in the long-running matter of Lock v British Gas, this time by the Employment Appeal Tribunal. British Gas is currently appealing the decision of Judge Ahmed in March earlier this year that the holiday pay provisions of the Read More

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Working time holiday pay and voluntary overtime

Sheila Fahy

The right to holiday pay, and the components that should be included in the calculation,  continue to generate litigation. Case law has already established that guaranteed overtime should be included, as well as non-guaranteed overtime, if it falls within a settled pattern of work over an appropriate reference period. Read More

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Europe – in or out?

Sheila Fahy

Over the next few years the question of whether the UK should remain a member of the EU will be hotly debated by stakeholders, and will culminate in a referendum of the people. Believe it or not, being in the EU has almost nothing to do with straight bananas and the Euro-sausage but much to Read More

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Zero-hours contract reform: Zero benefit?

Louise Skinner

The Government has this week introduced legislation rendering exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts unenforceable. Any term in a zero-hours contract which prohibits the worker from doing work under a contract for a different party, or prohibits him or her from doing so without the employer’s consent, is unenforceable against the worker. On the face of Read More

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2014 Employment Review and 2015 Predictions

Sarah Henchoz

I’m a celebrity 2014/15 The 2014 party promised to be an interesting one with all the intrigue of a masked ball. Even though celebrities like Shared Parental Leave and Equal Pay Audits were announced in advance, nobody really knew what to expect. These established personalities promised the arrival of something new on the cat walk. Read More

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