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Safe & Legal Catering

Are you operating safely & legally?


Do you have enough knowledge, training and time to run a legally compliant, safe food business?


UK catering businesses must adhere to a series of legal requirements in order to trade. Failing to do so could have significant consequences for the public, and for you. It's critical that you comply.

 


Legal checklist for mobile caterers

Find out what you need to do to operate your food business legally
> Click here and learn how to get legal

Primary Authority

NCASS members receive legal back-up from The Royal Borough of Greenwich
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How does NCASS membership help you get legal?

 

It might feel like you’re dealing with a minefield when it comes to complying with catering law. But when you’re an NCASS member, your worries and fears will meet relief and calm. We’ll guide you and give you everything you need – due diligence documentation, risk assessments, policies, training, contracts and more. Bid your stresses farewell and enjoy more me-time.

> Read more about the legal stuff




Why you need to strive for a level five

Find out what to expect when an EHO visits, use effective inspection checklists to prepare for your next inspection, learn ways to display your rating and find out why it's so important that you do so.
> Visit the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme Hub



Mobile catering code of practice

NCASS members agree to work to these high standards; so should all UK mobile caterers!
> Learn how to trade to best practice here

Visit the Allergen Hub

Find out everything you need to know and use free toolkits to trade legally under allergen law
> Visit The Allergen Hub


Learn everything about risk assessments

Learn everything you need to know to make sure your business is trading safely and legally, with all the right risk assessments in place. The NCASS online HACCP system will make a huge difference to your business.

> Visit The Risk Assessment Hub










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What does the Law say?

Rules and regulations can be tricky. Use our legal guidelines to decipher them.


Food Safety

Need to know info about food safety law & how to comply...

> Find out more


Gas Safety

Don't DIY with gas! How to make your business gas safe...

> Find out more


Electrical Safety

3 steps to take to make your business electrically safe...

> Find out more

Street Trading Licensing

What licences do you need? And what is a street?!

> Find out more


Vehicles and Towing - what you need to know

Tachographs, towing weights, type approval... Confused?

> Find out more


Health and Safety - What you need to know

Get in wrong and face fines or even imprisonment...

> Find out more


Noise Pollution and Regulations

Did you know there are rules for ice cream van chimes?!

> Find out more


Employment - What you need to know

Employee's privileges and when they have a right to them...

> Find out more


TEN License

Want to sell alcohol at an event? Read this...

> Find out more


Legal structures, registering with HMRC and book keeping...

> Find out more

5 reasons you need a hand- washing unit (#1 it's the law!)...

> Find out more

When should you use your fire protection equipment?

> Find out more




Training for food handlers: what does the law say?

> Find out more

Make sure you know how to recognise the signs...

> Find out more

You must provide a workplace pension for employees...

> Find out more


How to tell what food labelling you need on your products

> Find out more


When do you need an alcohol licence? Let's clear this up!

> Find out more


Comply with the General Data Protection Regulation

> Find out more

Safe, Legal, Profitable

Mobile catering law matters. Compliance minimizes risk to your customers, to your staff, to you and to your business. With more than 30 years of experience under our belt, NCASS wants to help you run your food business legally. Trade legally and you’re in the best position to trade safely.

All the information, tools, training and legislation updates you need to trade legally are waiting for you in your NCASS membership package. We go the extra mile on your behalf, so you can trade legally as you concentrate on the thing you love: cooking delicious food.



MEMBERSHIP
 
Join the Nationwide Caterers Association for just
£20.25 p/m

 


 
Work opportunities, legal documents, essential and invaluable advice, training codes, cashback and lots more are the name of the game here at NCASS HQ. And with prices starting from just £20.25 per month, why not become the latest member of the NCASS Family? Maximise the profitability of your food business with NCASS membership. > Find out more

Want to talk about membership? Call 0121 603 2524

or to request a call back click here


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Holiday entitlement for workers

by Amy Chandler | Feb 26, 2019
NCASS members can access specialist business support inclusive of their membership package.

With a majority of businesses resetting holiday entitlement in January, and staff beginning to book their 2019 breaks, it is worth taking a look at annual leave entitlement and understanding the rules to avoid any risk of disputes.

Generally speaking, there is no requirement for employers to offer paid leave for public holidays, yet there remains a lot of confusion around public holidays and pay. To provide clarity on the matter, Croner – the Nationwide Caterers Association’s trusted HR and employment law partner – explain UK bank holiday entitlements for different contract types below.

Bank Holiday Entitlement for Full-time Workers

UK bank holiday entitlement for full-time members of staff is dependent on the type of contract. Legally, individuals have 28 days or 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year. 

This entitlement does not have to include bank holidays, and paid leave for bank holidays is entirely at the discretion of the employer.

Bank Holiday Entitlement for Part-time Workers

Like full-time employees, part-time workers have no statutory right to bank holidays as paid leave. It's important to ensure parity between the two.

What’s most important is that you treat full-time workers and part-time workers equally. So if you allow one to have paid leave, so should the other.

Pro Rata Bank Holiday Entitlement

In a similar vein, you should not treat pro rata employees any more or less favourably than part time, or full time, workers.

The challenge with pro-rata staff members comes when they're working irregular hours.

There is no set formula for this, as long as you treat them equally and fairly, and have a policy set out in the employee contracts and handbook, you minimise any risk.

Bank Holiday Entitlement when off Sick

If a member of your team has bank holidays off as part of their entitled annual leave and is then sick on a public holiday, you should allow the employee to take the annual leave at a later time.

However, if the staff member has time off in addition to their entitled annual leave, and is then sick, what happens is dependent on the terms of their contract.

It isn’t unheard of for employees to feign illness when they are not entitled to paid leave. If you believe they're lying about their illness, you need to conduct a formal investigation and follow disciplinary procedure if necessary.

Making false accusations, or outright refusing to pay the employee SSP (if they’re entitled to it) is likely to result in a constructive dismissal claim.

Bank Holiday Entitlement on Maternity Leave

The first and most important to thing you need to consider when assessing holiday entitlement for an employee on maternity leave is this:

Current UK law entitles any individual on maternity leave to all the terms and conditions she normally has during the period she is absent from work.

You need to return to the staff member's contract for a conclusive answer. Are they normally entitled to paid public holidays?

If the answer is yes, then you should include those days in the employee’s entitlement.

If the answer is no, then you shouldn’t include those days as part of their annual leave. And they won’t accrue them during their time off on maternity leave.

Expert Advice

NCASS members have access to expert business support and specialist advice from Croner.

Get in touch with your Account Manager for more information.

Not yet a member of NCASS? Visit our membership pages here.




MEMBERSHIP
 
Join the Nationwide Caterers Association for just
£20.25 p/m

 


 
Work opportunities, legal documents, essential and invaluable advice, training codes, cashback and lots more are the name of the game here at NCASS HQ. And with prices starting from just £20.25 per month, why not become the latest member of the NCASS Family? Maximise the profitability of your food business with NCASS membership. > Find out more

Want to talk about membership? Call 0121 603 2524

or to request a call back click here




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