Round up of compliance issues in January

A date has been set in the Asda equal-pay case, with legal action likely to be taken by female employees over claims that male employees in the supermarket’s distribution centres are being paid more, despite doing comparable work. The firm representing employees, Leigh Day, and Asda are due to attend a tribunal hearing on 30 January 2015.

Court-judgement

The government has taken action to reduce the potential cost of holiday pay claims for employers. As a result of the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision to allow overtime to be included in holiday pay, it has made changes to regulations under the Employment Rights Act 1996. This will mean that claims made to employment tribunals on this issue cannot stretch back more than two years.

The US Supreme Court has ruled that employees working in an Amazon warehouse are not entitled to be paid for time spent waiting in lines before or after their shifts. The court dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim, holding that screenings were not integral and indispensable to the employees’ principal activities, but were instead postliminary and non-compensable. Amazon was not involved in the lawsuit.