It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
The case of Harpur Trust v Brazel was decided by the Court of Appeal, most aptly for a dispute over holiday pay, in the middle of this year’s summer holiday.
As you may remember from our ebriefing at the time, the decision concerned the calculation of holiday and holiday pay for employees on part-year continuous contracts (the Court specifically noted that this includes zero-hours continuous contracts). The Court of Appeal held that no pro-rata mechanism was included in the Working Time Regulations 1998, and so part-year employees were entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday just like their colleagues working all year round. The 12.07% accrual method to calculate both holiday and holiday pay that many employers use for workers and employees on part-year and zero-hours contracts was, the Court decided, not lawful. It is not clear whether this calculation can be used for assignment only of zero-hours contracts.
How can we help you?
- For more details on the case and the decision, you can read our ebriefing.
- We can help if you have any employees within your organisation who are likely to be affected by the judgment.
- Our employment and pensions team can assist with any specific queries that you may have – we can offer specialist sector-specific advice on the ramifications of this judgement.
- We have prepared a detailed and comprehensive toolkit on calculating holiday and holiday pay in light of the Harpur decision – it provides a full explanation of the decision in practical terms and gives real-life examples to demonstrate its implications. To purchase the toolkit please contact Libby Hubbard.
This is a key area for employers, so if you would like any further information or advice please contact Faye Rush.
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
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