• When Should I Allow a Worker to Carry Forward Annual Leave?
    by Sarah Loates on Monday 22nd July, 2019

    In terms of carrying forward holiday leave this can be broken down into three categories should, should not and may: When you should not carry holiday forward The minimum 4 weeks of WTD Leave should not be carried forward into the next holiday year. Employers should not replace this with a payment in lieu except…

  • How to Calculate Holiday Pay and Commission
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 18th July, 2019

    The European Court of Justice has previously ruled that holiday pay under the Working Time Directive cannot be calculated based on basic salary alone where a worker’s remuneration includes commission determined with reference to sales achieved i.e. results rather than effort. Therefore this should be included when calculating holiday pay. The overarching principle is if…

  • How to Calculate Holiday Pay on Overtime
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 18th July, 2019

    Case law decided through our judicial system and The European Court of Justice has determined how to calculate holiday pay and has rumbled on for a number of years. Three categories of overtime have been established: Guaranteed (compulsory) overtime, where even if the employee is not called on to work it; the employer is liable…

  • The Right to Bank Holidays and Time off For Religious Festivals
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 18th July, 2019

    There is no statutory right to public or bank holidays so contract wording in this area can differ and employers may choose not to state the number of bank holidays, this is because there are times when bank/public holidays can fall early or late. As discussed previously, this will mainly affect companies who operate an…

  • April to April Holiday Years
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 18th July, 2019

    Many companies will set their holiday year from January 01 to December 31 however; there are companies who may wish to align their holiday year with the financial year, April 01 to March 31. Contracts should state that an employee’s entitlement to holiday starts from their first day with the company and is pro-rata to…

  • What Happens When a Worker is Sick Whilst on Holiday?
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 18th July, 2019

    When a worker on annual leave falls ill before or during a planned holiday, they must let their employer know as soon as is practical. The worker can choose to cancel their annual leave; take sick leave and re-schedule their previously planned annual leave. It is worth remembering that when a worker takes the option…

  • Does an Employee on Long Term Sick Continue to Accrue Holidays?
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 18th July, 2019

    Employers are often surprised to learn that a worker on long term sickness absence continues to accrue statutory annual leave (i.e. the 5.6 weeks) and may choose to or not, to take sick leave during their period of absence. This is because; an employee on long term sick will continue to accrue holiday entitlement under…

  • Holiday Principles
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 18th July, 2019

    The holiday season is nearly upon us and at this time of year we receive lots of holiday related queries. The position is confusing as it involves a combination of EU law; domestic UK law and case law so read on for the most commonly asked holiday questions.

  • Employment Law Update: Payslip Changes
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

    From the 6th April 2019 employers must provide itemised payslips to their workforce.

  • Employment Law Update: Good Work Plan
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

    The government's ‘Good Work Plan’ was published in December 2018, making a commitment to increase the penalties for employers that repeatedly breached their employment law obligations.

  • Employment Law Update: Statutory Pay Updates
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

    The statutory pay rates are legislation supported by the Government. The following changes will come into force on 7th April 2019 with the exception of the statutory sick pay rate; which will come into action on 6th April 2019.

  • Employment Law Update: Proposal on Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

    This legislation, which is due to be put in to place in 2020, is the first of its type in the UK. Parents will have the right to two weeks paid leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillborn from 24 weeks of pregnancy.

  • Employment Law Update: Increased Pregnancy Rights in Redundancy Situations
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

    A consultation is currently being considered to add to the existing legal protection against unfair redundancy procedures for pregnant women and new mothers on maternity leave.

  • Employment Law Update: Tribunal Compensation
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

    From 6th April 2019 tribunal compensation limits will increase.

  • Employment Law Update: Gender Pay Gap Reporting
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

    April 4th 2019 is the official deadline for gender pay gap reports for private companies and charities, with public-sector organisations being given an earlier deadline of 30th March 2019.

  • Employment Law Update: Minimum and Living Wage
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

    As of 1st April 2019 the national minimum wage and national living wage will increase.

  • Time Out: Gill Phillips, Senior HR consultant at Loates HR Consultancy
    by Kevin Marks on Monday 11th March, 2019

    The weekend is back again, and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week’s questions are answered by Gill Phillips, Senior HR consultant at Loates HR Consultancy, Derby, who loves some 90s Britpop.

  • Year-long internship win for Kira and Laura
    by Kevin Marks on Saturday 12th January, 2019

    Kira and Laura, who are both studying Human Resource Management at the University of Derby, got the chance to present to a group of local employers at a Marketing Derby breakfast event. Their prize was a year-long internship at Loates HR Consultancy, a HR consultancy firm based in Derby founded by Derby alumna Sarah Loates.

  • How Secret Santa can get you sacked
    by Kevin Marks on Friday 7th December, 2018

    Make sure Secret Santa doesn’t become Sexy Santa if you want to avoid an unwanted sack this Christmas. That’s the message from HR expert Sarah Loates whose company is bracing itself for the annual bout of disciplinary issues surrounding the festive season.

  • Students gain ‘Loates’ of experience
    by Kevin Marks on Thursday 4th October, 2018

    Bondholder Loates HR Consultancy have signed an intern from fellow Bondholder University of Derby after she spoke at a Marketing Derby breakfast event.

  • Commuting time should be counted as part of the working day?
    by Matilda Swanson on Thursday 13th September, 2018

    Consideration is being taken into whether those who use public transport into work should use this travel time as part of their working day.

  • HR Training & Employment Law Training for Managers
    by Kevin Marks on Monday 6th August, 2018

    Are your managers managing? If not, we can help you with their HR & employment law training.

  • Car Chats Podcast: East Midlands Chamber Summer Celebration
    by Kevin Marks on Monday 6th August, 2018

    On their way back from the announcement of this year's award shortlist at the East Midlands Chamber's Summer Celebration, Sarah Loates (LoatesHR), Amanda Strong (Mercia Image Print) and Owen Conti (Code 56) talk about entrepreneurship and what it means to them.

  • The Inevitable End of Zero Hour Contracts?
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 5th July, 2018

    The end of Zero Hour Contracts may be looming with Scottish MP Chris Stephens at the forefront of support for getting rid of zero hour contracts almost completely, despite the continued popularity of the scheme with over a million people still employed on zero hour contracts in 2017. This inevitable change has employers thinking of the impact of this change on the current labour market and therefore the overall effect it may have on the UK economy.

  • HR Training & Employment Law Training, East Midlands
    by Kevin Marks on Thursday 14th June, 2018

    East Midlands business? We can help you with HR & employment law training!

  • The misconceptions of HR: A women dominated role
    by Matilda Swanson on Friday 9th March, 2018

    In light of International Women’s Day, I was reflecting on some of the common misconceptions of HR. This including what an HR department actually does and how it is a woman’s job.

  • The 7 most commonly asked questions about contracts of employment
    by Matilda Swanson on Monday 21st August, 2017

    How many can you answer?

  • How to avoid taking on your clients’ stress
    by Kevin Marks on Tuesday 18th April, 2017

    When your clients are having a hard time, they will lean on you and it’s likely their stress will spread to you and your firm.

  • How to deal with stress at work
    by Kevin Marks on Monday 3rd April, 2017

    When your clients are having a hard time, they will lean on you and it’s likely their stress will spread to you and your firm.

  • Getting to know you: Sarah Loates
    by Kevin Marks on Wednesday 8th March, 2017

    We talk to Sarah Loates about her inspirations in business, and what advice she would give to someone just starting out.