Brexit means holiday pay ruling ‘may never become law’

British Gas loses right to appeal in long-running commission payments case British Gas has lost its final right to appeal a ruling in the long-standing and highly significant case over commission payments in holiday pay – but employment lawyers have warned that the findings may never become part of UK legislation, thanks to the effect of… Read more »

Posted 07-Mar-2017

Ashers Bakery Court of Appeal Decision

The NICA held that the Christian owners, Mr and Mrs McArthur, of Belfast-based Asher’s Bakery had “discriminated against Gareth Lee directly on the grounds of sexual orientation contrary to the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (NI) 2006 and on the grounds of religious and political belief contrary to the Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order… Read more »

Posted 28-Oct-2016

Its not EU its me….

Break ups are invariably difficult, emotional affairs and the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is no different. In the lead up to last month’s referendum the implications for employment rights should the UK remain or exit were at the forefront of both side’s campaigns. On one side the remain camp argued that employees… Read more »

Posted 18-Jul-2016

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Gender Pay Gap Reporting will apply to private and voluntary sector employees in England, Wales and Scotland with at least 250 employees. Please note there is no application in NI at present. A database of complying employers will be built up as employers link their published information to a government sponsored website, with examples of… Read more »

Posted 18-Apr-2016

Introducing The National Living Wage

As you may be aware from recent media coverage The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (“The Regulations”) come into force on 1st April 2016. The Regulations introduce the National Living Wage, a minimum hourly rate of pay calculated to reflect a level of income households need for a minimum acceptable standard of living. The… Read more »

Posted 29-Jan-2016

Oh Holy Night…

The Christmas Party season is fast approaching!  We’ve no doubt that you are looking forward to donning your novelty Christmas jumpers and Santa hats to embark on a fun night out with your staff and colleagues. Whilst office parties often serve to build relationships and camaraderie in the work place sometimes the hangover can extend… Read more »

Posted 01-Dec-2015

Working Time

The question as to what constitutes ‘working time’ for employment purposes is an ever recurring issue facing Tribunals, not only in Great Britain and Northern Ireland but also across Europe. This question has been considered in two recent cases of Shannon v Rampersad & Rampersad T/A Clifton House Residential Home heard in the Employment Appeal… Read more »

Posted 03-Nov-2015

National Living Wage

From April 2016, the government will introduce a new mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and above, initially set at £7.20 – a rise of 70p relative to the current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate, and 50p above the increase coming into force in October. That’s a £1,200 per annum increase in… Read more »


Holiday Pay….and now Voluntary Overtime?

Further to our blog on this subject on 4th November 2014 Holiday Pay – Northern Ireland case considers voluntary overtime in holiday pay calculations On 17 June 2015, the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal heard Patterson v Castlereagh Borough Council. This is latest case in the ongoing holiday pay calculation saga. The facts relate to… Read more »

Posted 25-Jun-2015

CIPD NI HR Consultant of the Year 2015

Christine Swail, People Management Solutions commented “I am very proud to have received such a prestigious award in recognition of how we have worked collaboratively with our clients in addressing strategic HR issues. We would like to thank our clients for all the support they have given us – without them the success and growth… Read more »

Posted 15-May-2015