Good afternoon, it’s time to round-up what’s happened in the news regarding HR and employment law from today and over the weekend.
Gender pay gap widens for managers – BBC News
Female managers in the UK earn close to £12,000 less on average than their male counterparts, new research has found.
The gender pay gap for the UK’s 3.3 million managers now stands at 26.8%, according to analysis by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and XpertHR.
The figure is considerably higher than the average of 18.1% for all workers, or 9.4% for full-time staff.
The CMI report was based on a study of more than 118,000 employees in 423 organisations.
One of the world’s “big four” accountancy firms has been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised the confidential emails and plans of some of its blue-chip clients, the Guardian has revealed.
Deloitte, which is registered in London and has its global headquarters in New York, was the victim of a cybersecurity attack that went unnoticed for months.
Labour calls for women’s retirement age to be lowered to 64 – The Independent
Labour will call on the Government to lower the retirement age for women born in the 1950s, enabling them to retire from 64 years of age on a reduced state pension – instead of 66.
Debbie Abrahams, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, will make the announcement during her keynote speech to party delegates gathered in Brighton for Labour’s annual conference, accusing the Government of a “chaotic mismanagement” over the reforms.
English language test rules for overseas nurses and midwives could be relaxed this week, it has been reported, after they were criticised for being too stringent.
At present, people moving to the UK who wish to register as a nurse or midwife must achieve at least a level 7 in the four elements of the International English Language Testing System: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
However, the Observer reported yesterday that on Wednesday the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will consider other options for assessing English language skills.
New Brexit rules ‘could lead to unskilled workforce crisis’ – The Observer
A swath of UK industry would find it “near impossible” to recruit non-skilled workers from Europe post-Brexit if proposals recently outlined in a draft government document were enacted, according to the IPPR think tank.
According to the Home Office document, leaked earlier this month, rules that apply to non-EU migrant workers could be extended to their EU counterparts when determining who has access to the UK jobs market.
The UK’s antislavery body has launched 185 investigations since May, nearly double its total for the whole of last year, after assuming powers that allow it to look beyond the food and farming sector.
The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is scrutinising the treatment of workers in carwashes, construction, textile manufacture, cleaning and warehouse operations. A number of prosecutions are already under way and the first case under its new remit is expected to come to court as early as next month.