HR news round-up – Tues 17 Oct 2017

By October 17, 2017News

Hello everyone, here’s what in today’s news relating to HR and employment law.

Automation will affect one in five jobs across the UK, says study – The Guardian

Workers in the constituency of shadow chancellor John McDonnell are at the highest risk of seeing their jobs automated in the looming workplace revolution that will affect at least one in five employees in all parliamentary seats, according to new research.

The thinktank Future Advocacy – which specialises in looking at the big 21st century policy changes – said at least one-fifth of jobs in all 650 constituencies were at high risk of being automated, rising to almost 40% in McDonnell’s west London seat of Hayes and Harlington.


Railway worker tells how he fell victim to racist abuse seven times in seven months – Evening Standard

A railway worker, named only as Sukhi, gave a heart-wrenching account of the verbal attacks which he says have left him in tears and suffering harrowing flashbacks.

The station assistant, based in Liverpool, described how on Father’s Day he was forced to tell a man his dad was too drunk to travel. He went to describe how the banned passenger hurled racial slurs.

Officers have urged those targeted in hate crime incidents on transport to speak out in a campaign to mark National Hate Crime Awareness week which runs until October 21.


Peers call for tougher modern slavery reporting rules – CIPD

Peers yesterday called for modern slavery reporting rules to be toughened up, as they put forward concerns that the level of compliance with the legislation to date was not up to scratch.

Raising the question of the effectiveness of annual statements under the Modern Slavery Act in the House of Lords, Labour peer Baroness Kennedy of Cradley noted that, while many companies had complied with the requirement to provide a statement on what they were doing to stamp out modern slavery, there were still “thousands” that hadn’t. She also pointed out that, while some companies had provided pages of information about what they were doing, others had only provided a few sentences.


Unions threaten legal action over NHS blanket IR35 rules – CIPD

Two unions are bringing a case on behalf of locum doctors and healthcare workers, arguing they have been unfairly treated by the NHS’s blanket application of the IR35 rules.

The Locum Doctors Union and the Healthcare Professionals Union – which contend that their members have lost between 30 and 50 per cent of their pay because of the way the IR35 rules were enforced across the NHS – have instructed a solicitor at Duncan Lewis to start an application for judicial review.

Since April, public sector organisations have been responsible for determining the employment status for tax purposes of their contractors. Those deemed to be ‘inside’ IR35 are taxed in the same way as employees, even though they may not be eligible for a number of employment rights.

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