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  1. Hi guys, Wonder if you could shed some light on this matter. My partner worked (quit two weeks ago) for a contract caterer. His working week was Mon-Fri (40 hours) and he worked an additional 12 hour shift at the weekend, for which he would receive time off in lieu. From September 2008 to September 2009, he worked approx 23 additional days (12 hours per day). By our calculations and adding in his stat holiday pay, he should have received just over 13 weeks holiday. He received only 7.5 weeks holiday. A huge difference. My question is, can we demand that they pay him for
  2. Hi Chiro, It seems they weren't present when the guy checked out the boiler, but she got a call from the agent to say he had looked at it and found no fault. When she got back to the flat, she switched on her heating, the noise started again. They decided to have a look themselves and found the loose screw was the cause of the noise. If I have any kind of issue with my boiler, I immediately contact my landlord as you obviously can't mess around with these things. If a fault is found or not, I have never been charged. I read her tenancy agreement and there is absolutely no
  3. Hi guys, My colleague has asked me for some advice and I would appreciate any input you may have. She called her agent as there was a strange noise coming from the boiler. The agent sent a maintenance man, he inspected the boiler and found no fault. The noise persisted and when my colleague investigated, she found there was a screw loose on the boiler door and this is waht was causing the noise. She tightened the screw and the noise stopped. Today she received a bill from the agent asking her to pay £50.00 as no fault was found. Obviously she doesn't want to pay...an
  4. Thanks for your continuing interest guys. He has never received a contract nor T&C's. The only thing he was given was a letter confirming his hours of work, that he will work every Monday (supposed to be a day off) and in return he will receive 11 weeks holiday per year. I still do not think that it is acceptable for his employer to deduct a days pay for sickness when in theory he should not have been working that day. He covers on a Monday as a favour to them. For the six weeks prior to Christmas he worked over 60 hours a week for them. He has also never signed anything
  5. Thanks Zingy. Plan to speak to acas for clarification. The problem with the contract is...he doesn't have one. They seem to make it up as they go along. I understand your point on any future illness however, if they have told him he can't work and they won't pay him, I'm afraid he won't be in the position financially to tell them the truth. Perhaps that's something employers should consider? Tell the truth, don't get paid, don't tell the truth and be paid...ridiculous situation really. Thanks for all your advice guys, much appreciated.
  6. Thanks for your response guys. I will contact acas and ask them to clarify the situation. Many thanks
  7. Hi, Hoping someone can shed some light on a couple of issues. My partner works as a chef for a contract caterer in a private school. He is supposed to work Tuesday - Saturday (Mondays off), but has agreed that he will work every Monday and have 11 weeks holiday a year. This Monday he was sick (stomach bug), he was fine after 24 hours, but his employer has told him he has to be clear for 48 hours before returning to work. This means despite being well enough to work on Tuesday, they have told him he can't return till Thursday. He asked his Manager if he can take the sick d
  8. Hi, Yes, I believe it is a legal requirement for a Corgi registered engineer to check your gas boiler at least once a year. My landlord writes to me every July to arrange an appointment in August. The engineer checks the boiler, hob, water and gas fire. I then have to sign to say he has inspected everything accordingly, I receive a copy for my records. Hope this helps
  9. Hi, I have just been involved in an Unfair Dismissal claim with my employer. I wasn't claiming but I attended the tribunal. The claimant against us won (quite rightly) as the procedure to dismiss him had not been carried out properly (no surprise there!) He was awarded on the following: Automatic unfair dismissal - approx £1375.00 Loss of earnings - from when he was dismissed until he found another job (in his case it was approx 14 weeks) He was also compensated because he now has to work for his new employer for 12 months to gain his employment rights (not sure
  10. Thanks Surfer1, I agree. There is a strong possibility that she is paying off a debt that does not belong to her. This happened to a friend of mine sometime ago, it was a nightmare to sort out, but she got there in the end. Thanks for the advice guys, very much appreciated.
  11. Thanks for the sound advice comebackjimmy. I will go through the points you raised with her. I will also get her to monitor the meter and post the figures ASAP. Cheers
  12. Hi, Looking for some advice for my colleague. She moved into a new flat in the summer which has a pre-pay meter. Her supplier re-set the meter when she moved in, all good. With the change in the weather, she is currently putting in excess of £60.00 per week on her meter for gas! This is a two bedroom flat which does have high ceilings and is on the seafront, so it is difficult to heat. But as she is at work all day and only uses the heating in the evening, surely this is an outrageous amount of money to be paying? Last night she had to go to bed at 8pm as she just ca
  13. Katkins, Have you considered not going through an agent? If you rented privately through the classifieds in your local paper, a credit check is unlikely to be carried out. A private landlord, perhaps renting out a second home will ask for a previous landlord reference, an employers reference and your months deposit and one months rent in advance. Everyone automatically thinks of going through a letting agent when it is really not necessary. Many private landlords manage the properties themselves, saving on agents commission. I have always rented this way and never had a probl
  14. Hi Smiler, No matter what you agree, under no circumstances give these people your card details. Insist on making the first payment and all subsequent payments by standing order. There are too many horror stories of DCA's taking additional payments from accounts via card. And it is a nightmare trying to get anything back from the banks. I strongly advise against giving any DCA your card details, once they have them, they are in control. Standing order is the only way to pay them...you are then in control. Hope this helps
  15. I'm afraid the 'U' word around these parts is the kiss of death! I just have to accept it and it is expected of me. Whilst away on my last holiday, I got 19 phonecalls from clients on the first day! I do explain to them that I am on hols, help them if I can and then they don't bother me...until the next one has a problem or query! We just have to accept that there are certain jobs and certain employers that expect you to be on call 24/7 365 days of the year. If it is a major problem for the OP, he will have to speak to the boss, show him the regs and hope for the best. I do
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