The August holiday season inevitably throws up issues around annual leave for HR.
How employers should calculate holiday pay for employees who often work overtime has been addressed in a series of decisions by the appeal courts. It remains a potential area of confusion for employers and is the subject of one of the top HR questions for August.
Other featured FAQs cover the calculation of holiday pay specifically for term-time workers and the calculation of bank holiday entitlement for part-time workers.
The risk of industrial action, as employees ask for wages to reflect the impact of inflation, is a growing concern for employers. FAQs on strikes and other industrial action are more frequently visited that in previous months.
One area that is a perennial preoccupation for HR is disciplinary action and the different ways in which a process can be thrown off course. This month, the disciplinary-related questions look at how employers should respond if an employee resigns after the start of disciplinary proceedings and what to do if the employee goes off sick.
The top 10 HR questions in August 2022:
Following the pandemic and all HR questions that came with it, it has been a comparatively quiet few months for employers in terms of new legislation and appeal cases with an impact for HR.
In case law, the Supreme Court decision in The Harpur Trust v Brazel is one that has raised important practical issues for some employers – those who have employees on ongoing contracts who only work part of the year. That case involved a part-time music teacher on a term-time only contract. The Court held that a calculation method previously recommended by Acas to be unlawful.