Amazon delivery firms face legal action over workers’ rights – The Guardian

Posted June 4th, 2018 in holiday pay, minimum wage, news, self-employment, sick leave by sally

‘Drivers delivering goods for Amazon are to fight for better employment rights, including sick pay, holiday pay and the national minimum wage.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2018

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Hermes faces legal fight with some drivers over worker rights – The Guardian

Posted April 30th, 2018 in holiday pay, minimum wage, news, self-employment, sick leave by tracey

‘The delivery company Hermes faces a legal battle with a group of its own drivers today, in the latest case promising to have major ramifications on labour rights in the growing gig economy.’

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The Guardian, 30th April 2018

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Wagamama fined for failing to pay the minimum wage – BBC News

Posted March 9th, 2018 in fines, minimum wage, news by tracey

‘Restaurant chains Wagamama and TGI Fridays have each been fined an undisclosed amount for failing to pay staff the National Minimum Wage. They were among 43 employers in the hospitality sector on the government’s latest list of firms breaking the law.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2018

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National Minimum Wage: Workers win £2m compensation – BBC News

Posted August 17th, 2017 in compensation, fines, minimum wage, news by sally

‘Workers whose bosses failed to pay the National Minimum Wage are to be refunded a record £2m, the government has revealed.’

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BBC News, 16th August 2017

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Addison Lee suffers latest defeat in legal row over gig economy rights -The Guardian

‘Judge rules cycle courier should have been treated as employed worker with rights to holiday pay and the minimum wage.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2017

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UK minimum wage law ‘should cover more self-employed workers’ – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2017 in flexible working, minimum wage, news, reports, self-employment by sally

‘The government should step in to help those suffering from extreme low pay by extending minimum wage legislation so that it covers minicab drivers and other parts of the 4.8 million-strong self-employed workforce, a thinktank has urged.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2017

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National Minimum Wage – Local Government Law

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in appeals, employment, employment tribunals, minimum wage, news by tracey

‘The three appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in cases including Focus Care Agency Ltd v Roberts, UKEAT/0143/16/DM, consider the proper approach to the question whether employees who “sleep-in” in order to carry out duties if required engage in “time-work” for the full duration of the night shift, or whether they are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 and 2015, only when they are awake and carrying out relevant duties.’

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Local Government Law, 22nd May 2017

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Sleep-in workers revisited: a multi-factorial approach to eligibility for the minimum wage – Cloisters

Posted May 16th, 2017 in appeals, employment, employment tribunals, minimum wage, news by sally

‘Anna Beale considers the most recent guidance from the EAT on the vexed question of whether workers should receive the minimum wage for “sleep in” shifts.’

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Cloisters, 27th April 2017

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Uber granted right to appeal against ruling on UK drivers’ rights – The Guardian

‘Uber has been granted the right to appeal against last year’s landmark ruling that its UK minicab drivers should be treated as employed workers with rights to the minimum wage and sick pay.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2017

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Certainty for all: a plea to the Taylor Review by Caspar Glyn QC, Anna Beale & Nathaniel Caiden – Cloisters

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in carers, employment, minimum wage, news by sally

‘In November 2016, the government commissioned a review of modern employment practices. It is being led by Matthew Taylor and will focus on what has become known as the “gig economy”. In this blog, we summarise our written evidence to that review. Our central plea was that our legislators provide certainty for all. In our view this can best be achieved by extending basic workers’ rights to all but the truly self-employed.’

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Cloisters, 9th February 2017

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Tax barrister plans to take Uber to court over alleged £20m black hole – The Guardian

‘A leading tax lawyer is planning to challenge Uber in the courts over what he alleges could be a £20m-a-year black hole in its tax payments in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2017

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Courier wins holiday pay in key tribunal ruling on gig economy – The Guardian

‘A cycle courier working for the delivery firm CitySprint has won the right to paid holidays and minimum pay in a key ruling on the gig economy.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2017

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Government names new chief to lead crackdown on worker exploitation – The Guardian

Posted January 5th, 2017 in employment, gangmasters, immigration, minimum wage, news by tracey

‘The government has moved to crack down on unscrupulous employers by appointing a new boss to lead the collection of government bodies tasked with stamping out exploitation in the workplace. Prof Sir David Metcalf, a founding member of the Low Pay Commission and former chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee, was named on Thursday as the first director of Labour Market Enforcement.’

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The Guardian, 5th January 2017

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Gangmasters agree to pay more than £1m to settle modern slavery claim – The Guardian

‘A Kent-based gangmaster couple have agreed to a landmark settlement worth more than £1m in compensation and legal costs for a group of migrants who were trafficked to work on farms producing eggs for high street brands.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2016

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Unpaid internships reform plan blocked in Commons – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2016 in bills, minimum wage, news, remuneration, volunteers by sally

‘Reforms aimed at banning unpaid internships have been blocked after Tory backbenchers and the government spoke against the proposals in the Commons.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2016

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Only three out of 700 firms prosecuted for paying below minimum wage – The Guardian

Posted September 28th, 2016 in minimum wage, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Just three employers have been prosecuted for paying workers below the minimum wage despite HM Revenue and Customs finding 700 who have broken the law in the past two and a half years.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2016

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Care workers sue council contractor in minimum wage battle – BBC News

Posted September 14th, 2016 in care workers, employment tribunals, local government, minimum wage, news, trade unions by tracey

‘Seventeen care workers are alleging failure to be paid the minimum wage in the sector’s biggest ever legal claim.’

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BBC News, 14th September 2016

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Ten new laws that come into force in April 2016 – and how they affect you – The Independent

‘April 2016 is a month of big changes for people living and working in the UK. A number of new laws and policies are coming into force, affecting just about everyone from public sector workers to dog owners. Here’s what the new laws could mean for you.’

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The Independent, 3rd April 2016

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Getting Paid For Sleeping On The Job – The National Minimum Wage – No. 5 Chambers

Posted October 7th, 2015 in contract of employment, minimum wage, news, remuneration by sally

‘In certain occupations, it is common for the employment contract to require the employee to sleep overnight at the place of employment some or all nights of the week and to be “on call” should any incidents arise. Typically those occupations attract low wages and include care workers, supervisors at boarding schools and porters in residential blocks of flats. If the employee is entitled to be paid for all the hours whilst they are present at the workplace, even when they are asleep, and not just those hours when they are attending incidents, then their average wage may fall below the National Minimum Wage [“NMW”]. What, then, is the test to be applied to whether hours spent asleep are to be taken into account?’

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No. 5 Chambers, 30th September 2015

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Travel time ruling will not automatically entitle UK mobile workers to extra pay, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 15th, 2015 in contract of employment, EC law, employment, minimum wage, news, remuneration, working time by tracey

‘FOCUS The EU’s highest court has ruled that the time those with no fixed place of work spend travelling between home and their first and last places of work each day counts as “woking time” – but this does not necessarily entitle them to extra pay.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th September 2015

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