Good afternoon everyone, it’s time for your usual round-up of all the main HR stories making the news today.
Royal Mail has halted Britain’s first planned national walkout by postal workers since it was privatised, after successfully applying for a high court injunction.
Lawyers for the Communication Workers Union failed to rebuff an attempt at the Royal Courts of Justice to stop a 48-hour walkout from 19 October.
Members of the CWU voted overwhelmingly in favour of strikes last week. Staff were also considering action during the Black Friday retail sales event next month or during the festive season.
Manager fired after calling employee’s hair too ‘urban’ – HR Grapevine
A manager at a popular fashion retail store has been fired after pillorying an employee for her style of hair – Cosmopolitan reports.
The manager, who worked at Banana Republic, allegedly chastised a black female staff member for her “urban” and “unkempt” hair.
The employee, Destiny Tompkins, revealed in a Facebook post, that her white male manager pulled her into a meeting regarding dress code.
More than 300,000 people on low incomes were given a pay boost by the government’s new “national living wage”, dispelling fears that the move to raise minimum salary levels would trigger widespread job losses.
The Resolution Foundation said Britain had experienced its biggest fall in low-paid workers since the 1970s following the introduction of the national living wage (NLW), which imposes a floor of £7.50 an hour for employees aged 25 and over. The thinktank found that 5.1 million or 19% of workers were low-paid, down from 5.4 million, or just under 21%, last year, bringing the share of employees who are low-paid below one in five for the first time since the 1980s.
A travel company that assumed a pregnant employee would be happy to switch to a job share when her role was at risk of redundancy has lost an employment tribunal.