Good afternoon – it’s time for today’s HR and employment law news round-up.
BAE Systems to cut nearly 2,000 UK jobs – The Guardian
Britain’s biggest defence contractor, BAE Systems, is to cut nearly 2,000 jobs in a significant blow to the UK’s manufacturing sector and the government’s industrial strategy.
The company, which makes the Eurofighter Typhoon jet and Britain’s nuclear submarines, said on Tuesday that up to 1,400 jobs would go at its military aerospace business over the next three years, along with a further 375 in maritime services and 150 at its cyber-intelligence business.
BAE aims to achieve the cuts, which are due to be implemented by 1 January and will affect managers as well as people working on the production line, through voluntary redundancies where possible. It employs 83,100 people worldwide, including 34,600 in the UK.
Equifax has admitted that almost 700,000 UK consumers have had their personal details accessed following a cyber-attack, a figure far higher than previously thought.
As well as affecting more Britons, the hack also resulted in significantly more damaging data being leaked on those who were affected. The information lost by the US credit monitoring firm included partial credit card details, phone numbers and driving licence numbers.
The Information Commissioner’s Office said that it was still investigating the company, which had initially claimed just 400,000 British residents had been affected.
A former college lecturer who was dismissed after her employer said it no longer needed somebody in the role she was originally hired for has won £55,000.
In early September 2016, Sue Anderson was told her job would be changing to focus more on part-time teaching and training other staff. Anderson was unhappy with these changes, along with the lack of progress she was making in her career.
After raising a grievance which was rejected, Anderson appealed and then was dismissed.
At the tribunal, the judge criticised the college for its failure to follow disciplinary procedures, which did not make for a “professional or compliant way to go about HR administration”.
Workers ‘need pension saving targets’ – BBC News
The majority of workers are unaware of how much they need to save for a comfortable retirement and need targets, a trade body has said.
More than 13 million people risked not saving enough for an adequate retirement, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) said.
Its research suggested that 78% of those surveyed did not know how to tell whether they were on track.