National minimum wage and gratuity payments

Restaurateurs and other hospitality sector businesses should not bank on Brexit delaying the Government’s plans for legislation designed to deal with tipping protocols.  In December last year the Government said it would introduce legislation as soon as possible to stop employers making deductions from tips and gratuities, including any so-called ‘administration’ charges which are often levied where tips are given through card payments.  It remains unclear whether sharing of tips will be restricted to those who tend to be the lowest paid – waiting and kitchen workers – or whether…

New employment rights raise another red flag for employers

Who’s who on the payroll is an ongoing challenge for employers in the run up to new payslip requirements.   New payslip requirements are set to come into force, requiring itemised calculations for variable rates of pay and hours worked. Alongside, the requirement for payslips will be extended to include workers, not just employees.   The two amendments to the 1996 Employment Rights Act will come into force on April 6 2019.  From that date, employees and workers, including those under casual or zero hours contracts, must receive correctly detailed written, printed…

Employer’s £15,000 text message error

An employee who worked for his employer for just six months has been awarded over £15,000 after he was dismissed by text message. Christopher Hillis (H) began working as a chef at the Cail Bruich restaurant in Glasgow in April 2014. On 19 September, believing that he was being paid below the national minimum wage (NMW), H questioned his boss over his rate of pay. The following day H called in sick. Later on that same day, he sent a text message to his boss asking when he was next…

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