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Lock v. British Gas – ruling on commission and holiday pay

We finally have an outcome in the case of Lock v. British Gas, which raised the question of whether commission payments should also be factored into the calculation of holiday payments. In this case, which went to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and came back to the UK Tribunal system for final application, Mr Lock was a salesman, paid a basic monthly salary with variable commission b...

Employers confused over laws protecting religion

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The largest ever public consultation carried out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has found widespread public confusion and misunderstanding about the laws protecting freedom of religion or belief, particularly the Equality Act 2010, which protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in access to goods and services. The Commission wanted to find out what peop...

Shared parental leave changes to take effect from 5 April – is your business ready?

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As we approach the start of April, discussions around employment law changes that will soon take effect are prevalent, with the biggest talking point regarding the introduction of shared parental leave. Significant alterations to parental leave rights will come into effect as of 5 April 2015 and the changes will apply to parents of babies due on or after this date, and to adoptive parents...