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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the UK (updated position as at 27 March 2020)

On 20 March 2020, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme) as part of the UK government’s measures to help support businesses through the current COVID-19 pandemic. Brief guidance followed after the announcement, with more detailed guidance released on the evening of 26 March 2020. There is a lot we … Continue Reading

COVID-19 response: Changes to annual leave carry-over

Whilst the current COVID-19 pandemic has seen many businesses and industries suffer a significant downturn in work, for others the situation is reversed. Against this background, the UK government has announced further emergency legislation to relax the rules around the taking of annual leave. Under normal principles in the Working Time Regulations 1998 (the WTR), … Continue Reading

German federal labor court gives further clarifications on controversial aspects with regard to vacation entitlements

Under German law, the (mostly mandatory) provisions of the German Federal Vacation Act (Bundesurlaubsgesetz – BUrlG) constitute the basic legal framework for vacation entitlements. The Federal Vacation Act itself has not been changed for years. However, there are still a number of unanswered questions and controversial debates regarding vacation claims in Germany. In 2019, the … Continue Reading

Recording working time: do changes lie ahead?

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently decided that the Working Time Directive (WTD) imposes an obligation on employers in all EU member states to record all working time, not just excess hours or overtime. This marks a significant departure from standard practice and may mean that employers will, in future, be required to … Continue Reading

Court of Appeal: holiday pay must include regular voluntary overtime

Does pay for regular voluntary overtime need to be included in the calculation of holiday pay? Yes, says the Court of Appeal in a decision which confirms several prior Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decisions that the entitlement to holiday pay under the Working Time Directive (WTD) must include pay for regular voluntary overtime. As we … Continue Reading

UK: Workers required to request holiday whilst on sick leave in order to qualify for holiday pay

UK: The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has provided important clarification on the annual leave entitlement under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) of workers (including employees) who are off work on long-term sick leave. In the case of Fraser v Southwest London St George’s Mental Health Trust, the EAT has decided that: a worker on … Continue Reading

Workers entitled to postpone annual leave if they fall sick

In Pereda v Madrid Movilidad SA, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has decided that where a worker is sick during a period of pre-planned annual leave, annual leave must be granted to him for a different period and if he is prevented from taking it during the current holiday year, he can carry it … Continue Reading
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