Tags: sick pay

Karen Bexley: What are my obligations as an employer?

When looking to build the team within a business and take on new members of staff, one of the first questions that requires great consideration is ‘what are my obligations as an employer?’ For some, the long list of legal requirements is overwhelming, but getting the right documentation and processes in place can save a lot of time and money and ensure that businesses are complying with the law.

Scrapping of compensation for Statutory Sick Pay could cause company closures

The government has announced that the new Health and Work Service will be paid for by scrapping the Statutory Sick Pay Percentage Threshold Scheme. This news makes it more important than ever for employers to protect themselves against the unpredictable costs of sickness absence. And protection is available in the market, although most employers may…

Sports Direct scandal over zero-hour contracts

Pressure is mounting on Mike Ashley and his Sports Direct empire over its use of zero-hours contracts for part-time employees, as the Unite trade union demanded a meeting with the billionaire businessman. As 2,000 full-time staff at Sports Direct prepare to cash in bonuses of up to £100,000, it has been revealed that the company’s entire 20,000 part-time workforce…

Breach of contract for underpaying contractual sick pay

Can an employer commit a fundamental breach of contract by intentionally failing to pay an employee the full amount of pay properly due, even if making an honest mistake as to how much pay is due? Yes, says the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Mrs Justice Slade DBE presiding) in Roberts v The Governing Body of Whitecross…

Over half of Brits would struggle financially within three months of illness struck

New research from Aviva1 reveals that over half of UK workers (52%) would be unable to survive financially for more than three months if they were off work with an illness. Around a third (30%) say they’d survive for less than a month. Less than one in ten (9%) say they’d remain solvent for a…