FACT: Zero hours workers are entitled to annual leave

Any worker or employee starts to accrue their annual leave from the moment they begin working. This includes anyone working on a 'zero hours' contract.
If the 'zero hours' contract means that employment is continuous (see Zero hours
), then a worker should arrange when they take the annual leave with their employer.
If the zero hours contract means that the employment will be broken on occasion (see Zero hours contracts), then a worker should receive a payment for any accrued but
untaken annual leave.

Asda has revealed its worst sales figures since the 1990s, confirming that it is now the poorest performing of the “big four” supermarkets.

However, it is understood that the last time Asda performed so badly was back in the days ahead of its 1990s turnaround under Archie Norman and Allan Leighton.
With over 5.24 million people in the UK, 22% of all employees, earning less than the Living Wage, the Treasury is forced to step in and top-up incomes with in-work benefits, such as working tax credits, so that workers can afford a basic standard of living despite being in employment.

The research shows that in the case of some of the UK’s largest retailers, businesses are benefiting more from the Treasury in wage top-ups than they are paying in tax.

Additional paternity leave
On 5 April 2015, the right of fathers to take additional paternity leave is abolished (as it is replaced by shared parental leave). Employers who have not already done so should update policies and handbooks to remove references to additional paternity leave.

Acas are the employment relations experts and a trusted source of advice for employers, employees, Government and others.
The Government has announced several proposed changes to employment law.
It has also launched a number of consultations on further
proposed changes.
A round up of these changes is listed below to help people
understand them and their potential impact.

(Roll out during 2015)
A health and work assessment and advisory service is to be introduced, offering fee occupational health assistance for employees, employers and GP’s The service can provide an occupational health assessment after for weeks of sickness absence.

The leader of Britain’s second-biggest supermarket chain has called for the next
government to change Sunday trading laws. Asda chief executive Andy Clarke says that the restricted supermarket hours on Sundays is unfair on the consumer, as
shoppers are forced to buy the same goods at pricier convenience stores outside the hours that larger shops are licensed to trade in.