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HR news round-up – Fri 22 Sept 2017

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Good afternoon, it’s today’s round-up of what’s in the news about HR and employment law.

Uber London loses licence to operate – BBC News

Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a London private hire operator licence.

It said it took the decision on the grounds of “public safety and security implications”.

Confirming it would appeal against the decision, Uber said it showed the world “far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies”.

Ryanair misses pilots’ deadline to improve working conditions – The Guardian

Ryanair has missed a deadline to respond to pilots’ demands for improved employment terms, raising the prospect of further disruption to flights.

Pilots are set to write to chief executive Michael O’Leary branding him a “disgrace” over his handling of the fallout from rota problems that have forced the carrier to cancel up to 50 flights a day.

The escalation of the row comes after pilots from more than 30 of Ryanair’s European bases gave the Irish airline until 10am on Friday to address their concerns.

The group, who have hired professional negotiators, sent Ryanair a letter detailing demands including new employment contracts to be negotiated by 1 January 2018 and common working conditions throughout the carrier’s network.

Teacher accused of ‘fabricating’ sick girlfriend avoids ban – CIPD

A teacher accused of lying about his sick girlfriend, and her subsequent death, to take compassionate leave has avoided being banned from the profession.

A professional conduct panel for the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) was told that Matthew Watts, formerly a teacher at Fosse Bank School in Kent, had taken sick and compassionate leave for reasons other than those given at various points between January and December 2015, including a month-long stretch in November and December. It was said he had told his employer he was taking leave to support his sick long-term girlfriend before her death.

The NCTL claimed it had reason to believe Watts’ partner did not exist and had been “fabricated”. The teacher denied these claims.

Slough named as the ‘best place’ to work and live – BBC News

Slough has come out on top of a survey of the 25 best towns and cities to live and work in, beating Manchester and Cambridge in the top three.

It is hailed as a “prime spot” for jobs, cost of living and worker satisfaction in research by jobs site Glassdoor.

Head offices for brands including Mars and O2 are based there. The town is also the setting for sitcom The Office, about a fictional paper company on a drab industrial estate.

Swindon and Stoke-on Trent were fourth and fifth in the study respectively.

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