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 agreeing a rise for police and prison officers.
Premier Inn owner quits ethical trade body after union row – The Guardian
The owner of Costa Coffee, Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre has pulled out of the UK’s ethical trade body after a spat with the Unite union over recognition of British workers.
The union said attempts to gain access to workers at Whitbread’s Premier Inn chain, in line with core principles of the Ethical Trading Initiative, which is backed by unions, human rights charities such as Oxfam and companies including Marks & Spencer, Tesco and WH Smith, were at first ignored. It said Whitbread then argued that the ETI’s code on freedom of association did not apply to its direct employees in the UK.
A spokesperson for Whitbread would not give a reason for its withdrawal from the ETI, just over a year after joining, but said it had “an open policy towards our employees belonging to a union”.
Google systematically pays women less than men doing similar work, according to a class action-lawsuit accusing the technology company of denying promotions and career opportunities to qualified women who are “segregated” into lower-paying jobs.
The complaint, filed Thursday on behalf of all women employed by Google in California over the last four years, provided the most detailed formal accounts to date of gender discrimination and pay disparities at the company after months of criticisms and a growing chorus of women publicly speaking out.
Nearly one-third (31.4%) of British office workers admitted that they have avoided working from home, according to a survey.
The survey of 2,000 British office workers found that office workers 45 years old and above have a significantly more positive view on working from home than millennials (18- to 34-year-olds) – 40% of the 45 and above age group said nothing would keep them from working from home but only 11% of millennials responded in the same way.
Mentoring ‘can help bridge the senior gender gap’ – HR Magazine
Effective mentoring can help to bridge the gender gap in senior positions, according to research from Moving Ahead and Deloitte.
The report, Turning the gender diversity dial, found that 87% of mentors and mentees from the 30% Club’s 2016/17 mentoring programme felt empowered by their mentoring relationships and had developed greater confidence.
Meanwhile, 82% believed that mentoring relationships had helped foster meaningful connections between mentors and mentees, across departments and the organisation.