Beware of unintentionally creating the right to a pay increase

By Antonia Blackwell

The recent case of Hershaw and ors v Sheffield City Council is a timely reminder to employers to be careful about how and what they communicate to their employees.

We look at the case and consider the learning points to come out of it.

Sheffield City Council employed a group of market patrol officers. The council decided to vary their pay following implementation of a single-status pay and grading review by the council. As a result, the group of employees accepted the variation (which resulted in lower pay) under duress and raised an internal appeal. However, no outcome to the appeal was ever sent to them and their pay did not change. The group therefore raised a formal grievance…

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