HR news round-up – Thurs 21 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 21
Good afternoon, it’s time to take a look at what’s in today’s news regarding HR and employment law. More Ryanair cancellations likely as pilots reject cash to work on days off – The Guardian Ryanair customers face the threat of a fresh wave of flight cancellations as the airline’s pilots prepare to reject an offer of a cash bonus if they give up days off. The Guardian has obtained a draft letter signed by Ryanair pilots from across Europe, rejecting the offer and warning they will now “work to rule” - refusing to work beyond their basic contractual obligations. Ryanair

HR news round-up – Wed 20 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 20
Hi everyone, here’s today’s round-up of HR and employment law news. Cadbury workers set to benefit from 3.2% pay rise – The Guardian Workers at three Cadbury plants have won an inflation-linked pay deal for the next two years, bringing employees relief from the squeeze on British households amid the rising cost of living. About 1,300 staff at sites in Bournville in the West Midlands – the historical home of the chocolate maker – Chirk, near Wrexham in Wales, and Marlbrook in Herefordshire, voted in favour of the pay deal, according to the Unite union. It said the two-year deal

HR news round-up – Tues 19 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 19
Good afternoon – it’s time for another look at what’s in the news about HR and employment law. Robots 'could take 4m UK private sector jobs within 10 years' – The Guardian Four million jobs in the British private sector could be replaced by robots in the next decade, according to business leaders asked about the future of automation and artificial intelligence. The potential impact amounts to 15% of the current workforce in the sector. The figures emerged in a poll conducted by YouGov for the Royal Society of Arts, whose chief executive, Matthew Taylor, has been advising Downing Street

HR news round-up – Mon 18 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 18
Hello everyone, we hope that your Monday is going well so far. Here's what's in today's news regarding HR and employment law. Shared parental leave is 'significantly underutilised' in UK, shows new study – The Independent Only around 8,700 new parents took advantage of the right to shared parental leave in the year to the end of March, new figures show. A study conducted by commercial law firm EMW reveals that fewer than 1% of parents eligible to take the leave did so. Under the system, both new parents can share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of

HR news round-up – Fri 15 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 15
Afternoon – it’s nearly the weekend, but first here’s the round-up of Friday’s HR and employment law news. NHS workers demand 3.9% pay rise – BBC News Unions representing nurses and other NHS staff have written to the chancellor to demand a 3.9% pay rise and an extra £800 to make up for the "cut" they have seen in recent years. Fourteen unions have joined together to ask for the increase, saying pay has fallen by 15% since 2010 once inflation is taken into account. They said it was unfair ministers had selectively lifted the public sector pay cap by

HR news round-up – Thurs 14 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 14
Good afternoon, here is today’s latest HR and employment law news. Employment tribunal numbers remain stable – Personnel Today The number of employment tribunal claims only rose very slightly during the period between April and June this year, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Justice. With the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that tribunal fees are unlawful, this relative stability in claims may not last, as more employees decide to bring claims without the barrier of fees. Pensions Regulator in first auto-enrolment prosecution – Personnel Today The Pensions Regulator is bringing the first pensions auto-enrolment prosecution

HR News Round-Up – Wed 13 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 13
Good morning – here’s your round-up of the main news stories from the world of HR and employment law. Acas study urges higher take-up of flexible working – Personnel Today A report published today by Acas calls for more flexible working for parents returning to work after parental leave as a way to tackle gender inequality and the gender pay gap. The report, Flexible Working for Parents Returning to Work – Maintaining career development, by the Institute of Employment Studies, draws on existing research evidence and a series of case studies. The report emphasises that while women lose out on

HR news round-up – Tues 12 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 12
Hello! It’s time for today’s round-up of the latest news from the world of HR and employment law. Public sector pay cap to be lifted next year, No. 10 says – The Guardian The government is to lift the longstanding 1% annual cap on public sector pay from next year, and has confirmed higher rises for police and prison officers immediately, Downing Street has announced. The cabinet agreed on Tuesday that police would receive a 2% pay rise for 2017-18 – half of which is a one-off “non-consolidated” bonus – and prison officers an average 1.7% rise, Theresa May’s spokesman

HR news round-up – Mon 11 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 11
Good afternoon – it’s a new week, so we’re going to start by rounding up all the main HR and employment law news from today, and the weekend just gone. Pay cap lifted for police and prison officers – Personnel Today Police and prison officers are set to be the first beneficiaries of the government’s decision to relax its 1% public sector cap, imposed in 2010. The shift in policy was signalled by Downing Street on Sunday and is likely to lead to a loosening of restrictions for other sectors, such as health and schools. It has come about partly

HR news round-up – Thurs 7 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 07
Good afternoon – here’s today’s latest news on HR and employment law. Two-fifths of UK workforce 'not in skilled employment' - HR Magazine Workers identifying as ‘NISKE' (not in skilled employment) may be facing challenges that prevent them from progressing. The survey of 4,000 UK adults found that 42% of people see themselves as NISKE, which is roughly 13 million people across the country. Eighty-four per cent of this group reported that they were also in the same low- and semi-skilled positions in 2012, suggesting they face challenges when it comes to developing better skills and moving up the career

HR news round-up – 6 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 06
Good afternoon – here’s the latest round-up of what’s going on right now in the world of HR and employment law. Scrapping public sector pay cap ‘won’t address years of pay cuts’, warn unions - CIPD Scrapping the public sector pay cap would be a “drop in the ocean” that would do “nothing to address the years of pay cuts public servants have endured”, critics have said. Reports emerged on Sunday evening that Theresa May’s aides were working on a package of proposals that include culling the 1% cap on pay rises for public sector workers. However, unions were quick

HR news round-up – Tuesday 5 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 05
Hello! Here’s today’s round-up of the latest HR and employment law news. Sports Direct fails to meet 2016 pledge on working conditions – The Guardian Sports Direct has failed to meet a pledge to offer guaranteed hours to shop workers and transfer some warehouse staff to permanent contracts a year after promising widespread changes in working practices. The retail group controlled by the Newcastle United owner, Mike Ashley, promised to ensure that all staff were treated with “dignity and respect” in a report on its working practices published on 6 September last year. Key pledges included offering casual retail staff

Boss sacks employee via TripAdvisor – can they do that?

David Ralph   
Sep 05
[vc_row type="in_container" scene_position="center" text_color="dark" text_align="left" overlay_strength="0.3"][vc_column column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" width="1/1"][heading][/heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type="in_container" scene_position="center" text_color="dark" text_align="left" overlay_strength="0.3"][vc_column column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" width="1/1"][vc_column_text] Today we read about the story of an employer sacking a long-term employee via TripAdvisor. Howard Spooner, the owner of gastro pub The Outside Chance has been criticised by members of the public after his wife Lucy seemingly announced the immediate dismissal of service staffer Rosie Lampard on the popular review website. Mrs Spooner was responding to a poor review from a customer, who allegedly received sub-standard service from Ms Lampard. Although it could probably be agreed that there

HR news round-up – Monday 4 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 04
[vc_row type="in_container" scene_position="center" text_color="dark" text_align="left" overlay_strength="0.3"][vc_column column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" width="1/1"][heading][/heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type="in_container" scene_position="center" text_color="dark" text_align="left" overlay_strength="0.3"][vc_column column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" width="1/1"][vc_column_text] Good afternoon – here’s today’s round of HR and employment law news from today and over the weekend. McDonald’s workers go on strike in UK for the first time - Deminos Workers at two restaurants in Cambridge and Crayford, south-east London, began the 24-hour action at midnight due to a dispute over zero-hours contracts and conditions. About 40 staff are on strike after a ballot in favour of industrial action. The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union said staff

McDonald’s workers go on strike for first time in the UK

David Ralph   
Sep 04
McDonald’s staff have staged a walk out in the fast food chain’s first ever strike action in the UK. Workers at two restaurants in Cambridge and Crayford, south-east London, began the 24-hour action at midnight due to a dispute over zero-hours contracts and conditions. About 40 staff are on strike after a ballot in favour of industrial action. The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union said staff want a wage of at least £10 an hour and more secure jobs. Ian Hodson, the union's president, said: "We fully support the historic decision by these brave workers to stand up and

HR news round-up – Friday 1 Sept 2017

David Ralph   
Sep 01
[vc_row type="in_container" scene_position="center" text_color="dark" text_align="left" overlay_strength="0.3"][vc_column column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" width="1/1"][heading] [/heading][vc_column_text] Hi all, here’s Friday’s HR and employment law news update. Nine out of 10 workers pass up on £650 of paid annual leave a year – HR News Nearly nine out of 10 workers failed to take all of their holiday allowance last year, with almost one in 20 missing out on more than 10 days of paid leave, according to a survey undertaken by money-saving site Voucherbox.co.uk.  In some cases, that meant workers missed out on as much as £675 of annual leave. Asda urged to drop equal

HR news round-up – Thursday 31 August 2017

David Ralph   
Aug 31
[vc_row type="in_container" scene_position="center" text_color="dark" text_align="left" overlay_strength="0.3"][vc_column column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" width="1/1"][heading][/heading][vc_column_text] Hello! Here’s today’s quick round-up of what’s going on in the world of human resources and employment law. Almost one in four employees too scared to approach their boss – CV-Library Brand new research has shown that almost one in four (22.5%) of employees are too scared to approach their boss with some of the most important workplace questions. The figure rises to nearly a third (31.3%) amongst people aged 18 to 36. The study, conducted by CV-Library, also reveals the top five questions that employees fear bringing up

HR news round-up – Wednesday 30 August 2017

David Ralph   
Aug 30
[vc_row type="in_container" scene_position="center" text_color="dark" text_align="left" overlay_strength="0.3"][vc_column column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" width="1/1"][heading][/heading][vc_column_text] Good afternoon - here’s today’s round-up of human resources and employment law news! Employees sacrifice wellbeing for company productivity – HR Magazine Three quarters (74%) of HR professionals think employees are sacrificing their wellbeing to make a good impression, according to research from wellbeing charity CABA. The research asked 172 HR professionals if employee output was more important than wellbeing, with two in five (42%) agreeing that it was. Businesses were found to be putting pressure on staff to work outside of their contracted hours, with more than four

HR news round-up – Tuesday 29 August 2017

David Ralph   
Aug 29
[vc_row type="in_container" scene_position="center" text_color="dark" text_align="left" overlay_strength="0.3"][vc_column column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" width="1/1"][heading][/heading][vc_column_text] Good afternoon! Here’s your round-up of today’s human resources and employment law news. Companies must reveal pay disparity between boss and workers - The Guardian The government has announced that publicly listed companies will be obliged to publish the pay ratio between their chief executive and their average worker. The plans will come into force next June, and aim to give workers a voice at boardroom level. The new laws will require the companies to justify the pay difference, and explain changes to their pay ratio from year to

Practical tips to improve workplace productivity

David Ralph   
Aug 11
Productivity at work can often decline during the summer months – people may be on holiday, about to go on holiday, or may have just returned and are getting back up to speed on what’s happened while they’ve been away. However, all year round productivity can be maintained through fairly simple changes in the workplace. After reading guides on productivity, it may seem that it’ll take a radical overhaul of your workplace culture in order to see improvements. In reality, making gradual changes to workplace practices can yield positive results. The following tips have been taken from our free guide,

Employment tribunal fees are now unlawful – what does this mean for businesses?

David Ralph   
Jul 27
Yesterday (26/07/2017) the Supreme Court ruled that fees for bringing employment tribunals are unlawful. Employees had to pay from £390 to £1,200 to get a hearing after the fees were introduced in 2013 in order to cut the number of weak cases. As a result, there was a 79% decrease in cases being brought. The government will now have to reimburse about £32m of fees dating back to 2013, with the charging of fees ceasing immediately. Trade union Unison brought the case against the government, saying that the fees were preventing access to justice. Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said:

Don’t let poor induction harm your business

David Ralph   
Jun 30
HR Grapevine’s recent article, 5 onboarding mistakes that drive away new staff is a warning as to how poor induction can harm your business. The five mistakes given are examples of how a new employee’s first experiences at a company can shape how they fit in and how engaged they are with their work. The stats also don’t lie – nearly 90% of firms estimate that between 10% and 25% of new employees leave within the first six months. A good induction period will bring more benefits than just improving the chances of new employees sticking around though: The induction

Deminos survey reveals how to overcome Monday morning staffing issues

David Ralph   
Jun 30
Here's our article that appeared on Bdaily.co.uk on 15/06/2017: Clients of Gateshead and London-based HR consultants Deminos have revealed the benefits of employee engagement that matter to them most. You might have experienced that Monday morning feeling yourself. The phones start ringing, but you’re short of people - and the ones that have shown up just don’t seem to care. What would it take to avoid those problems and have a trouble-free start to the week? Like just about everything else in business, it all starts with your people. This is why we asked our clients what matters to them.

Be S.M.A.R.T. – set objectives for your staff

David Ralph   
Jun 30
As a business owner or manager, one of your main responsibilities is to get the most out of your employees. This will involve making sure they can do their job to the best of their ability, and that they have the skills to do so. Naturally, a large part of managing employees in this way will involve keeping an eye on them. Not in a micromanagement kind of way, but by supporting them on a long term basis through setting objectives and supporting them in order to meet those objectives. One of the most basic employee needs is to know

What happens… if one of my employees is being bullied?

David Ralph   
Jun 30
If one of your employees comes to you and tells you they feel they’re being bullied at work, there is action you can take. Firstly, be sensitive to the situation as it may not have been easy for them to speak to you. Everyone has the right not to be bullied or harassed at work, but it can be difficult for some people to speak up and not suffer in silence. Start by having an informal talk with the employee about their concerns. Encourage them to describe examples of the alleged bullying and what outcome they’d like to see. Remember