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Employment eBulletin: winter 2018

14 November 2018

Our latest Employment eBulletin focuses on holiday pay for term-time and zero-hour workers; sexual harassment and employers; vicarious liability; and a Budget update on IR35.

Employers’ vicarious liability: far wider now than you might think

Most employers will be aware, based on a number of recent high profile court decisions in the ‘gig economy,’ that worker rights are now being conferred on a wide cross section of freelance workers.

What is perhaps less well appreciated is another significant judicial trend over recent years of fixing employers with vicarious liability – holding an employer liable for the actions of its employees/workers who commit unlawful acts in the course of their employment.

You can read the article in full here.

Holiday pay: are you paying the correct amount?

When considering holiday entitlement for zero hour workers, term-time workers, or any other workers who do not have normal working hours, the calculation of holiday entitlement on the one hand and the calculation of holiday pay on the other, are very different and can be confusing for employers.

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Budget 2018: IR35, contractors and freelance staff

In the budget statement, the Chancellor indicated that the government plans to reinforce the so called ‘IR35’ rules, which deal with the tax liabilities of individuals who supply their services via their own limited company.

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Sexual harassment and employers: striking the right balance?

#MeToo and #TimesUp have only been prominent in the media for approximately a year, but employment lawyers are used to dealing with the types of behaviour that these hashtags brought into public discourse.

Despite the surge in awareness, the law has not changed. However, the increased number of individuals holding their employers to account, has seen employers under more scrutiny than ever before.

You can read the article in full here.

In the press

You might have missed some of our Employment specialists in the media.

Here’s a round-up:

  1. Mail Online coverage on the ‘gay cake case’ ruling
  2. Employment Solicitor coverage on sexual harassment
  3. People Management coverage on agency workers and the potential affect on your supply chain
  4. Xpert HR coverage on executive pay ratio reporting
  5. People Management coverage on interns
  6. Global Payroll Association coverage on flexible working and parental leave
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