Hi all, here’s Friday’s HR and employment law news update.
Nearly nine out of 10 workers failed to take all of their holiday allowance last year, with almost one in 20 missing out on more than 10 days of paid leave, according to a survey undertaken by money-saving site Voucherbox.co.uk. In some cases, that meant workers missed out on as much as £675 of annual leave.
Asda is being urged to drop a legal action and increase pay on the shop floor after the supermarket lost its appeal against an equal pay claim from 15,000 workers.
On Thursday, the employment appeal tribunal backed an October ruling that workers in roles across the shop floor can compare their jobs with those done for a higher wage in Asda’s warehouses.
Asda has indicated it would seek permission to take the case to the court of appeal. If the ruling continues to hold, the retailer could be forced to adjust the pay of many of its 100,000-plus shop-floor staff and make back payments going back to 2002, at an estimated cost of up to £100m.
Two out of five low-paid young parents who ask for flexible work arrangements are “penalised” as a result, according to a TUC survey.
They are given fewer hours, worse shifts and some have lost their jobs, its survey of 1,000 parents suggested. The TUC survey found that more than half of those working in low-paid sectors, such as retail, hospitality and social care, did not know their employment rights, with many unaware of unpaid parental leave arrangements.