After the recent tribunal ruling over holiday overtime pay, Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced that a taskforce is to be set up in order to access the possible impact the ruling from the Employment Appeal Tribunal will have.
The taskforce will consist of a selection of government departments and business representative groups. The taskforce will provide a forum to discuss how the impact on business can be limited.
Vince Cable said:”Government will review the judgment in detail as a matter of urgency. To properly understand the financial exposure employers face, we have set up a taskforce of representatives from government and business to discuss how we can limit the impact on business. The group will convene shortly to discuss the judgment.”
“Employers and workers can also contact the Acas helpline for free and confidential advice.”
The taskforce has been set up due to workers won a case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal whereby some people should have overtime included in their overtime pay.
The tribunal also ruled that workers can make backdated claims, but only for a limited period.
The ruling could be referred to the Court of Appeal however, meaning a final decision may be years away.
The ruling has implications for companies where staff are required to do overtime as a regular part of their job. Lawyers said the tribunal was not clear on whether the ruling applied to workers doing voluntary overtime.