HR news round-up – Weds 4 Oct 2017

By October 4, 2017News

It’s time for today’s round-up of employment law and HR news.

Monarch collapse: union launches legal action over redundancies – The Guardian

A union has launched legal action on behalf of more than 1,800 Monarch staff who were laid off, in a move that could add millions to the taxpayers’ bill for the collapse of the airline.

Unite, which represents engineers and cabin crew who worked for the airline, said the company had broken the law by failing to consult on redundancies.

It has also emerged that some staff were told to call a premium-rate phone line to hear news of their redundancy, with some billed almost £40 for the call. The administrators KPMG have since pledged to reimburse the call costs.

Royal Mail workers vote for industrial action – The Guardian

Postal workers are on the verge of a strike in a dispute over pensions, pay and conditions.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) announced on Tuesday that a majority of its 111,000 members in Royal Mail had voted for industrial action, the first since the company was privatised four years ago.

The union said 73.7% of its members had turned out to vote, with 89% of them backing a walkout. Its executive will meet this week to determine any potential strike dates, which are likely to come before the end of the year. Some reports suggested that they could be timed to coincide with the so-called “Black Friday” sales on November 24 and 25, when many people do their Christmas shopping online.

1 in 3 British office workers avoid working from home – HR News

Nearly one-third (31.4%) of British office workers admitted that they have avoided working from home, according to a survey by Crucial, the memory and storage experts.

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.

The most common reasons Brits avoid working from home are the lack of human interaction (21%), the inability to connect to their company’s IT system (21%), having their children at home (18%) and a slow or old home PC (18%).