Harpur Trust v Brazel – Supreme Court Judgement

Employers across the UK were dealt another significant blow in the long running holiday saga of how holidays, and holiday pay, should be calculated, when the Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited judgment in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel,  confirming  that part-year employees (and those working irregular hours) were entitled to 5.6 weeks’ […]

New Decade, New Approach

Introduction: So what does the Agreement mean for businesses in the context of employment relations? With Stormont now finally restored, businesses will recall that employment law is a devolved matter. That means, that Stormont controls the policy direction for employment relations. This Deal provides an insight into what their priorities will be in the next […]

BREXIT: What Next?


What next following the Supreme Court Decision? On Tuesday 24 January 2017 the Supreme Court upheld an earlier High Court ruling that Article 50 (the mechanism through which the UK will commence the formal process of leaving EU) cannot lawfully be triggered without an Act of Parliament. So what happens next? Brexit so far: As […]

Christmas Workplace Parties: Is it the most wonderful time of the year…

Christmas Party

Christmas workplace parties are a great way of staff coming together to celebrate the festive season. A well organised Christmas Party can boost workforce morale and acknowledge the hard work/commitment that the staff has provided over the preceding year. However employee conduct at Christmas parties can sometimes turn what should be the most wonderful time […]

Covert Surveillance: When can the Employer lawfully undertake it?

Covert Surveillance

In the recent unfair dismissal case of Kane v Bombardier Aerospace 239/16 IT, the Northern Ireland Tribunal found that the employer’s use of covert surveillance was lawful. In that case the EEF NI represented the employer throughout the proceedings and at the Hearing. Facts of the Case Bombardier had employed Mr. Kane for approximately 7 […]

Brexit – What does it mean for your business?


The UK’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) continues to be a hot topic both for politicians and businesses. There are still many uncertainties including when the UK will trigger Article 50 commencing the formal 2 year period to exit the EU, and terms on which it will leave. No Member State has ever […]

UK votes to leave the EU – What happens now?

EU Referendum Ballot Paper

On 24 June 2016, the EU referendum result was announced, with a majority of voters deciding that the UK should leave the EU. Once the government notifies the European Council that the UK has decided to leave the EU, the two-year period for the negotiation for exit under Article 50 of the Treaty of the […]

Childcare Vouchers During Maternity Leave

Childcare Vouchers

The question of whether the employee remains entitled to childcare vouchers during Maternity Leave has been a vexed one. It arises as during Maternity Leave (and other family friendly leave) leaving aside entitlement to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), the employee has no legal entitlement to remuneration but is entitled to her non-cash benefits. Childcare vouchers […]

Holiday Pay & Commission

Holiday Pay

In February 2016 the EAT delivered its eagerly awaited decision in Lock v British Gas Trading Limited, confirming that commission should be included in holiday pay. Background Since late 2014 there have been a number of key Decisions handed down addressing the correct approach to the calculation of holiday pay, most significantly: In November 2014 […]

Overtime & Holiday Pay

Overtime Pay

In November 2014 the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in England delivered a landmark Decision in the co-joined appeals Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton and Baxter, Hertel (UK) Ltd v Wood and others and Amec Group Limited v Law and others. The EAT ruled that “non-guaranteed” overtime should be included when calculating statutory holiday pay but […]