Working Time

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Avoiding redundancies: Top tips to save costs without (permanently) losing staff

Whilst planning how to save costs in a business is a difficult and stressful and the ‘quick fix’ of lowering head count might be attractive, HR practitioners should not jump to the conclusion that redundancies are an inevitable part of the...

2010 case round up (part 2)

This is the second serving of our selection of key cases from 2010.  1. KRAFT FOODS v HASTIE – age discrimination / justification For more details of this case, see our Ask Auntie piece from our August 2010 newsletter . Summary:  ...

We're all going on (an extended) summer holiday.....

Under recent legislative changes, that have amended the Working Time Regulations 1998, the statutory minimum holiday entitlements will increase from 4 weeks per year to 5.6 week per year by 01 April 2009. This increased the minimum entitlement for an...

World Cup Fever - Keep your eye on the ball!

I am the HR Manager of a small IT firm. The majority of our staff is male and, unsurprisingly, they have all gone football crazy over the past few weeks!  Some of them have asked to leave work early in order to watch England matches. Is the firm...

Can an employee on long term sick leave take paid annual leave?

Dear Auntie I run an ice cream company with a fleet of ice cream vans. We have a driver on long-term sick leave who sadly does not seem to be making a recovery. Our contracts are very basic. His rights to sick leave and annual leave are governed by the...

New Working Time Proposals: Opt-out or Cop Out?

British working hours are long and getting longer, according to Government statistics published earlier this year. A survey published jointly by the Department for Trade and Industry and Management Today magazine found that 1 in 6 workers now work over 60...