20 August 2010
Employees 'could opt for legal action if asked to do unpaid overtime'
Employers throughout the UK may face increased numbers of grievance hearings in the near future over the issue of unpaid overtime, an expert has warned.
According to Phil Flaxton, chief executive officer of Work Wise UK, the aftermath of the global economic downturn has seen it become common for members of staff across various employment sectors to work for around 50 hours a week.
Mr Flaxton said that this is a potentially worrying trend as it may lead to employees seeking to bring some kind of legal action against their employer if they are not being recompensed for their overtime.
"There could be cases where staff are being asked to put in additional work because of pressure on the business," he added.
The Work Wise UK manager's comments came after the publication of data from the Office for National Statistics which revealed that the number of people in jobs in the UK increased by 184,000 in the second quarter of the year.
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