HR news round-up – Mon 18 Sept 2017

By September 18, 2017Discrimination, Holidays, News

Hello everyone, we hope that your Monday is going well so far. Here’s what’s in today’s news regarding HR and employment law.

Shared parental leave is ‘significantly underutilised’ in UK, shows new study – The Independent

Only around 8,700 new parents took advantage of the right to shared parental leave in the year to the end of March, new figures show.

A study conducted by commercial law firm EMW reveals that fewer than 1% of parents eligible to take the leave did so.

Under the system, both new parents can share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of statutory pay between them, instead of having traditional maternity leave. The study found that a total of 661,000 mothers and 221,000 fathers took maternity and paternity leave during the time.

Bottom 20% of workforce “wasted” according to CSJ – HR Magazine

The bottom 20% of the workforce’s potential is being “wasted”, according to a report from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).

Productivity: The Great British Breakthrough suggests that a lack of investment and neglected vocational training in schools have prevented workers from disadvantaged backgrounds making the most of their abilities, and consequently hampered UK productivity growth.

The research warns that there are too few alternative routes through education and into employment for school leavers today, and that the education system is failing the majority of disadvantaged students.

Ryanair cancels flights after pilot holidays confusion – HR Review

Ryanair cancelled 82 flights on Sunday after admitting it had “messed up” the planning of its pilots’ holidays.

The budget airline will cancel up to 50 flights a day up until the 20 September, affecting thousands of customers, because its staff need to catch up on their holiday entitlements and clear off a backlog of leave by employees before the end of 2017.

The airline said the cancellations would improve its system-wide punctuality, which fell below 80% in the first two weeks of September. However, passengers have been left stranded and angry.

Employee fraud cost UK businesses £40m last year – CIPD

Businesses reported more than £40m in losses from employee fraud last year, figures published today have revealed.

The data, which was obtained by accountancy firm RSM under a freedom of information request, also showed that employers reported more than 800 incidences of frauds from inside their organisation in 2016-17. Employee frauds include falsifying claims for travel and subsistence, creating bogus customer records, or simply stealing cash.

PwC UK pays black, Asian and ethnic minority employees 13% less than white colleagues, admits firm – The Independent

Global professional services firm PwC has revealed that it pays its black, Asian and minority-ethnic staff in the UK almost 13% less than other employees in the country.

In a report on Monday (18 Sept), the company said that it had published the figures in an effort to “shine the spotlight on ethnicity in the workplace and encourage organisations to take action”.

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