Dealing With Long Working Hours

People who are inclined to work longer hours than most tend to do so for a number of reasons. Some have little choice; their employer’s needs may dictate that they are required to put in more time and providing it’s within the terms and conditions of an Employee’s Contract and conforms to the EU’s Working […]

Can my Employer Fire Me?

If your employer threatens to fire you, it can be a very worrying time. Often this is can be just a threat with no legal basis. However there are situations in which you can be immediately dismissed (for gross misconduct). Below we will consider the situations in which you can or cannot be dismissed. Working […]

Are You a Compulsive Worker?

Years ago it predictions suggested that computers would make life easier for us; we’d get to enjoy more leisure time and have a great work-life balance. So why are people working harder and for longer hours than ever before? We can’t place the entire blame on the computer. We live in a world beset by […]

Zero Hours Contracts Explained

What are zero hour contracts? Essentially these are employment contracts with no guaranteed hours. This means that employees are not guaranteed any work by their employers (and therefore no pay). According to the ONS, as at September 2017, 2.9% of the UK workforce had a zero hour contract. That was 900,000 UK workers. This number […]

When Your Employer Changes Your Working Hours

It can be very concerning when your employer changes your working hours. This might be a change to your start or finish times, the days you are expected to work, or an increase or decrease to working hours. For many people, working shifts between 9 to 5 is just not a reality. Clearly, businesses need […]

Understanding Your Employment Contract

Once the excitement of landing your job wears off, you now have to think clearly about the contract of employment you’ll be offered. Once you accept an offer of employment a contract of employment comes into effect. This can be an oral agreement or a written document. If your employer does not normally issue a […]

Sunday Working

Over the past few years, Sundays have changed from the tranquil relaxation at the end of a hard working week to a day when people choose to do their weekly grocery shop, visit their garden centre or opt to visit a leisure attraction. To many people, this flexibility has changed their lives for the better […]

Objecting to Changes in an Employment Contract

If your employer wants to make changes to your employment contract such as your pay, your hours, location or holidays, it can be a worrying time for you as an employee. If you don’t agree to the changes, you do have certain rights. A contract can generally only be amended according to its terms, or […]