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How to check a person's legal right to work in the UK (and the impact of Brexit) - Crunch - image of a passport and EU citizenship card

Employment law

We look in detail at all the points you need to consider and the documents you need when employing staff, casual workers and freelancers / contractors.

What are my main employment rights as an employee, worker or freelancer?. Image of a book of employment rights | Crunch

Employment law

Whether you're a freelancer, contractor or employee, you're still protected to a variety of workers rights. Our guide explores the law around this.

The Minimum Wage, overtime, equal pay and unpaid work experience Image of a doctor working overtime | Crunch

Employment law

Anyone who is defined as a 'worker' is entitled to a selection of workers rights. We look at the minim wage, overtime, equal pay and unpaid experience.

Gender, ethnicity, and executive pay gaps and gender pay gap reporting. Image of a woman leading a corporate meeting | Crunch

Employment law

In 2015, the Equality Act 2010 was amended to require employers to reveal details of their gender pay gap. What what this mean for business?

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Shared Parental Leave (SPL) explained. Image of parents with their newborn | Crunch
Employment law

Parents can share up to 50 of 52 weeks statutory maternity leave and 37 of 39 weeks statutory maternity pay, we'll explain shared parental leave and pay

Am I an employee, self-employed, or a worker?, image of someone writing with a coffee cup by them | Crunch
Employment law

It might sound simple, but being self-employed can lead you to this question when you are working with clients. It's important to understand, so we explore.

Employment law

Deliveroo has indicated it’s prepared to provide riders with benefits, and has called for the creation of a new classification for gig economy workers.

Employment Law in the United Kingdom - what differences are there? Image of the UK flag in London
Employment law

There is very little difference in employment law between England and Wales, some differences in Scotland but important differences in Northern Ireland.

Fixed Term Contracts: what are they & how can they come to an end?, image of a businessman signing contract | Crunch
Employment law

Fixed Term Contracts have always been popular with employers as a way to fill a 'gap' for a temporary period, but we also know they can be abused.

Social networking and work - can they go together? Image of social media brands on a phone | Crunch
Employment law

Social media is increasingly being used by companies as well to share information and network with colleagues, the public- and this can also cause problems.

Employment intermediaries rules: how to work out if you're affected, image of co-workers talking | Crunch
Employment law

When is a business classed as an intermediary, and what does this mean for intermediary businesses and contractors? Our article has the information you need to know about employment intermediaries, whether your business is one, and what is expected of you if you are.

What is Employers’ Liability Insurance? What cover is required? Image of hazard cone | Crunch
Employment law

Employers’ Liability Insurance often provokes many questions, not least whether or not you actually need it. We answer the most commonly asked questions.

Employment law

Can your business claim the £4,000 Employment Allowance towards your NI Bill? Get all the details on eligibility, how much you can claim, and how to claim.

Working Time Regulations, image of someone sitting in the sun | Crunch
Employment law

There are a whole host of regulations and laws in place to protect workers from being exploited in regards to working hours, break and holiday.

Equal Opportunities and Discrimination (Equality Act 2010), image of group of people working around a desk | Crunch
Employment law

We take a look the Equality Act and how this must be implemented at work, what this means for small businesses, and why it's important.

Sleeping on the job: Is there any clarity about pay? Image of a sleeping dog | Crunch
Employment law

To examine the latest position on whether you should be paid for sleeping at work, we'll look at the most important, and recent, tribunal cases.

Care Workers - what are your rights at work? Image of woman playing chess with an elderly man | Crunch
Employment law

Lesley of the HR Kiosk provides advice for care workers who are unsure of their rights. Have an employment question? Leave a comment.|Lesley of the HR Kiosk provides advice for care workers who are unsure of their rights. Have an employment question? Leave a comment.|Lesley of the HR Kiosk provides advice for care workers who are unsure of their rights. Have an employment question? Leave a comment.

Statutory sick pay, sickness, and fit notes. Image of a sick dog under a blanket | Crunch
Employment law

Unable to work? You are entitled to sick pay from your employer if you meet the qualifying conditions, which are as follows.

Locum Doctors – what is your employment status? Image of doctor listening to a patient
Employment law

For Locum doctors, it's important to know whether you are employee, a worker, or someone who is self-employed? We explore the differences.

Who can have self-employed status in the film, television and production industries? - Image of TV cameras | Crunch
Employment law

A comprehensive guide to Service Companies and VAT for people working in the entertainment industry.

Immigration Guide - How can employers recruit people from outside the UK from 1 January 2021, image of people at the airport | Crunch
Employment law

From 1 January 2021, all non-British/Irish nationals will require a valid immigration status/visa to live, work, and study in the UK.

Your employer is making you redundant but has offered you another job – must you accept it?. Image of woman packing up her desk | Crunch
Employment law

Being made redundant isn't a pleasant experience for anyone, so what happens next? Are you entitled to any redundancy pay? We take a look.

Employment Tribunals – your rights. Image of a gavel and scales. | Crunch
Employment law

Tribunals heart employment disputes that haven't been resolved in the work place. We take a look at them and what your rights are.

How your employment can come to an end - for employees. Image of someone packing up their desk | Crunch
Employment law

There are various ways your Employment can come to and - but if you are an Employee you have the right not to be unfairly dismissed.

I'd like a second job - what do I need to know?, image of someone working late | Crunch
Employment law

If you're finding yourself a little stretched for cash, you might consider a second job. While it’s not illegal, there can be issues to consider.|If you're finding yourself a little stretched for cash, you might consider a second job. While it’s not illegal, there can be issues to consider.

Your employer is making you redundant but has offered you another job – must you accept it? Image of woman packing up her desk | Crunch
Employment law

Your job is at risk of redundancy, and your employer has offered you redeployment to another job in the same company. Are you obliged to take it?

Disciplinary and Dismissal Procedures - for Employees. Image of woman telling off a dog | Crunch
Employment law

All employers are required by law to have written disciplinary and dismissal procedures for employees and you must have access to this.

Should employers fear the office Christmas party? Staff misconduct outside the workplace Image of people celebrating Christmas | Crunch
Employment law

Your Christmas Party is normally pretty lively and good fun, but employers need to consider various factors beforehand, so there are no problems.

Staff misconduct in the workplace, image of someone drinking alcohol | Crunch
Employment law

Staff misconduct in the workplace can be a tricky problem to handle. It could result in lost jobs, unhappy staff or lower team morale.

Time off for dependants - family emergencies and Parental Bereavement Leave. Image of a couple sharing their grief
Employment law

Did you know that in many circumstances employees now have the right to take time off work to deal with an emergency involving someone who depends on them?

Maternity Leave and Pay Chart (updated 2019). Image of woman holding her baby
Employment law

We've recently updated our charts for 2018 for the amounts of maternity leave and pay people are entitled to. We advise you on where you stand.

Adoption Leave and Pay. Image of a couple with their adopted child
Employment law

Adoption Leave is split into two types – Ordinary and Additional. This guide will help you understand the difference and which might apply when you adopt.

Paternity Leave and Pay. Image of a father with a baby | Crunch
Employment law

Following the birth of a child or an adoption placement, fathers, spouses and partners/civil partners who are employees have a right to paternity leave.

The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003. Image of someone analysing contracts
Employment law

It’s a long title, but these Regulations are important for Limited Company Contractors (or Personal Service Companies) and agency temps.

Can your employer spy on you? Image of a security camera in an office | Crunch
Employment law

How likely is it that your employer or client will be keeping an eye on you? In the eyes of the law, can your employer spy on you at work?

Crunch - Health and Safety - Health and safety for the self-employed
Employment law

When you're self-employed, health and safety in the workplace isn't always at the forefront of your mind - but it should be.

CitySprint bike courier 'not genuinely self-employed'. Image of a cyclist in London
Employment law

A bike courier working for CitySprint has won a case giving her rights to holiday pay, Statutory Sick Pay, and the Minimum Wage.

Employment law

HMRC is now launching an investigation into compliance by companies providing the correct employment rights, status, and benefits to their workers.

What is a contractor? Image of an independent contractor agreement
Employment law

A Contractor provides services to a specific client under specific terms. Here's what defines a contractor, and what rights you have when working as one.

How to deal with an ACAS conciliation request. Image of someone shaking hands with a judge
Employment law

If an employee or ex-employee has a potential employment tribunal, they may be advised the contact ACAS first. We take a look at the process.

Disability Discrimination – what makes a worker disabled under the Equality Act 2010?. Image of a disabled worker in a meeting
Employment law

When considering if a worker is disabled or not, employers must consider the impact of any impairment on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

Taking on an apprentice - the full details. Image of someone teaching his apprentice | Crunch
Employment law

Apprenticeship schemes are often in the news (and not always for the right reasons), so here's what they're about & where you can find out more about them.

Small businesses and contractors – all you need to know about lone working. Image of a man working alone
Employment law

An estimated 22% of the UK’s working population are lone working, so employers and contractors need to consider if this is an issue for them.

Travel from home straight to a customer? The rules have changed. Image of a woman on a train | Crunch
Employment law

Don't have a fixed place of work and travel directly to clients? The ECJ decided in September 2015 that travel time counts as working time. We take a look.

Small Business Owners – a guide to what documents you need when employing staff Image of people waiting for an interview | Crunch
Employment law

If you've decided to take on staff for the first time, you'll need to be aware of several types of documentation you'll need. We take a look.

Patients in a waiting room
Employment law

Why does self-employed sick pay need to happen? Humans who need to recover shouldn’t have to worry about finances, especially if it's a serious illness.

Hours and rest breaks for UK goods vehicle drivers - Part 1. Image of a goods lorry at the port
Employment law

What are the EU Driver's Hours Rules and how will they affect small businesses? We take a look at the exemptions, the rules and the duties involved.

Do I have to do jury service? Image of Lady Justice
Employment law

The simple answer, is yes – jury service is a public duty, and you must serve unless disqualified or excused by the judge, what grounds are there to defer?

Part-time workers rights. Image of a couple making a complaint
Employment law

Did you know that part-time employees and workers have the same employment rights as full-time employees (and workers)? We take a close look.

What is Pension Automatic Enrolment (PAE), how does it affect small businesses?, image of pensioners having fun | Crunch
Employment law

UK employers must provide access to a pension for their eligible workers. Employees can choose to opt out of auto-enrolment if they wish to. Find out more!

Can disciplinary or grievance meetings be audio recorded? Image of a dictaphone on the desk
Employment law

Neither an employee, nor an employer, has the right to record a meeting – unless both parties agree to the recording. Read more here.

Confidential pre-termination negotiations and Settlement Agreements. Image of people discussing contract terms
Employment law

If relationships with those working for you, or those you're working for, aren't going well, you may need to know more about pre-termination negotiations.

Two businesswomen working at a glass wall
Employment law

Although many commentators believe that the AWR were not intended to apply to ‘professionals’ with their own limited companies it is certainly possible.

Sick leave
Employment law

There has been plenty of confusion surrounding how workers holiday entitlements react with sickness absence. Here's what we know.|There has been plenty of confusion surrounding how workers holiday entitlements react with sickness absence. Here's what we know.

Continuity of Service - for employees and workers. Image of waiter serving customers
Employment law

We take a close look at Continuity of Service employment legislation and what this might mean for you as an employee or worker.

The Swedish Derogation Model – what is it? Image of Swedish flags
Employment law

The Swedish Derogation is being mentioned a lot by Umbrella Companies.  What does it mean?

How to attract and retain staff, image of a freelancer at a job interview | Crunch
Employment law

The average cost of replacing staff is more than £11k. Here's what to ask yourself about your recruitment process if you struggle to hold onto decent staff.

Zero-hour contracts employee rights - can casual workers ever become employees? Image of people discussing contract terms | Crunch
Employment law

Our advice on zero-hour contracts employee rights, including working hours, rest breaks & holiday entitlements has been updated for 2017. Read now!

Can an agency worker ever become permanent at the company they work for? Image of two people working together
Employment law

There is nothing in agency workers legislation that prevents employers from choosing permanent staff over agency workers for job vacancies

How to calculate holiday pay when staff receive overtime and commission payments, image of couple enjoying holiday | Crunch
Employment law

Holiday pay should now include payments for regular overtime and regular commission. We look at how to calculate your or your employee's holiday pay.

Short-time working and lay-offs (information for employees). Image of an hourglass on a bed of money
Employment law

We look at alternative options for employers, instead of changing terms of their employee's contracts or making redundancies.

What is Parental Leave? Image of a father cradling a baby
Employment law

Parental leave is a right for parents who are employees to take time off work to look after a child or make arrangements for the child’s welfare.

Guide To Maternity Leave and Pay. Image of woman holding baby's hand | Crunch
Employment law

When you decide to have a baby, you'll be entitled to some working-benefits, depending on the type of work you do. We take a look at maternity leave and pay

Trust and confidence - what does it really mean and what happens when it breaks down? Image of a man crossing his fingers behind his back | Crunch
Employment law

We take a close look at terms within contracts of employment, most specifically Trust and Confidence, and what this means for small businesses?

What is the Trade Union Bill (2016)? Image of the UK Houses of Parliament
Employment law

Over the last year, the Trade Union bill has been progressing through Parliament. We look at where it currently stands and what changes are being proposed.

Everything you need to know about incentivising staff with a bonus scheme. Image of employee receiving a bonus | Crunch
Employment law

A good, fair and well-designed bonus scheme can be a perfect way to increase your staff’s productivity and so your bottom line.

Custom and practice, and employment contract terms (implied and express terms) Image of someone signing a contract
Employment law

What happens if your employment terms have changed without your consent? We take a look at the 'Custom and Practice' terms and what they mean for you.

Flexible working and the right to request time off for training. Image of woman being trained at her desk | Crunch
Employment law

From June 30th 2014, all employees will have the right to request flexible working if they have 26 weeks service. How will this affect small businesses?

What happens if I'm injured at a client's premises? Laws on lone-working explained. Image of injured woman sat at home
Employment law

What can freelancers and contractors do if they are injured during their job at a client's premises? We explore the legislation.

Direct Earnings Attachment - what micro-businesses should know. Image of woman calculating deductions
Employment law

Direct Earnings Attachment policy gives the Department for Work and Pensions the power to ask you to deduct money from an employee. What can you do?

Sending employees & contractors abroad on business: What employers need to consider. Image of a worker going abroad
Employment law

If you secure overseas business, what do you need to consider when sending your contractors, your employees, or even just yourself abroad?

Office sweepstakes – do you know the rules? Image of someone winning an office sweepstake
Employment law

Just about any event can bring on the need for office sweepstakes. But it's best to take a few minutes to make sure your company isn’t breaking the law.

What does the Modern Slavery Bill mean for businesses? Image of someone with their hands tied
Employment law

How the Government expects organisations to develop a credible and accurate slavery and human trafficking statement, and what must be disclosed.

Health & safety law changes: how the self-employed are affected. Image of health and safety handbook
Employment law

Legislation called the Deregulation Bill becomes law on 1st October and will impact self-employed workers and contractors.

The Bribery Act 2010 – honesty is the best policy. Image of someone accepting a bribe
Employment law

In 2011 it became a criminal offence for an individual or organisation to offer or receive a bribe – and conviction carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.

For what reasons can I be made redundant? Image of man made redundant
Employment law

If your employer is considering redundancies, in what situations can they do this?

Limited company contractors not always protected under Equality Act. Image of people holding hands with rainbow wrist bands
Employment law

A recent case has shown that the Equality Act 2010 does not always cover those working through a Limited Liability Company.

Employing school leavers - a change in the law. Image of students sitting exams
Employment law

From the start of the 2013/14 Academic year the Government changed the law on how long young people are required to stay in education or training.

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Employment law

What changes have been made to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations and what you need to know.

Without Prejudice' rules explained (and how they relate to Settlement Agreements). Image of two businessmen disagreeing
Employment law

These rules are used by an employer when they and an employee have a dispute in their working relationship which they are trying to resolve it amicably.

Guidance for employees retiring (after 2011). Image of retired woman and her dog
Employment law

In 2011, the Statutory Default Retirement Age of 65 years was removed. We look at what this means for employees nearing retirement.

Interrupted breaks can still count as rest under the Working Time Regulations. Image of people taking a break
Employment law

If your break at work is interrupted, are you entitled to compensation, or a longer break? Not according to the Working Time Regulations. We take a look.

Everything you need to know about professional references (part 2)?. Image of someone reading an interviewee's references
Employment law

Our second installment on professional references covers employer obligations and data protection practices. Read more here.

Everything you need to know about professional references (part 1). Image of an interviewer with an applicant
Employment law

In part one of our look at personal references, we explore the reasons why employer's like to have references and what this means for workers.

Grievance Procedures. Image of two employees with a problem
Employment law

What can freelancers do if they raise a grievance against a client? We explore the ways to solve these problems when there isn't much protection for you.

Antenatal care for pregnant parents and adopters. Image of a pregnant woman
Employment law

All pregnant employees have a legal right to time off with pay to keep appointments for antenatal care, made on the advice of a registered medical practitioner, midwife or health visitor.

What are the rules and regulations for Sunday working? Image of woman someone hanging up an open sign
Employment law

Once upon a time, Sunday's were the quietest day of the week, but now many people are working on the seventh day. We look at your rights on Sunday working.

I’ve been overpaid! What should I do?. Image of dozens of £20 notes
Employment law

If you have been accidentally overpaid by your employer, it may seem like a lucky bonus, but don't assume you can keep the money!

Disciplinary procedures: common mistakes made by employers. Image of an employer disciplining an employee | Crunch
Employment law

Some dismissals can be fair if the employer follows their disciplinary procedures correctly, but some dismissals are automatically unfair.|Some dismissals can be fair if the employer follows their disciplinary procedures correctly, but some dismissals are automatically unfair.

Probationary period myths busted. Image of woman passing her probation
Employment law

If your Employer does not follow a disciplinary procedure to dismiss you, & a disciplinary procedure is contractual, they may be in breach of contract.

Hours and rest breaks for UK goods vehicle drivers - Part 2. Image of a goods vehicle on the road | Crunch
Employment law

There are different rules for drivers depending on what they drive. All the rules here apply to vehicles that are used for the ‘carriage of goods by road’.

Guide to pay, wages, pay cuts, and ‘unauthorised deductions’, image of unhappy looking people at a business meeting | Crunch
Employment law

We explore your pay and wages, cuts to pay and unauthorised deductions to give you the low-down and how it might affect you.

Two businesspeople
Employment law

Changes within the 2010 Equality Act now see employers being liable for harassment of their workers by third parties. We explore the new regulations.

Should you let staff and freelancers smoke e-cigarettes at work?, image of someone smoking an e-cigarette | Crunch
Employment law

Employers should have clear rules about smoking in the workplace but does current legislation cover e-cigarettes and does this need reassessing?

Employment law

A new court ruling could mean some people considered self-employed by the organisations they work for may be entitled to additional rights.

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