HR news round-up – Thurs 28 Sept 2017

By September 28, 2017News

Hello everyone, it’s time to look at what’s in the news surrounding HR and employment law.

5.8 million UK workers have gone into work when feeling mentally unwell – HR News

Almost a fifth of respondents (18%) said they’ve gone into work when feeling mentally unwell, according to new research from Canada Life Group Insurance. This is equivalent to 5.8 million UK workers, and suggests a significant stigma still persists around the issue of mental health in the workplace.

A fifth (19%) say they’d be more likely to go into work if feeling mentally unwell than they would if feeling physically unwell, with mental health issues not deemed as severe as physical ones by a significant minority. Just 20% report they would take time off if they were suffering from a stress-related illness.

Inflation continues to outpace pay growth – Personnel Today

Pay awards remain stubbornly below rates of inflation, according to the latest analysis from XpertHR.

For the three months to the end of August 2017, the median basic pay award remained at 2%.

Retail prices index (RPI) inflation hit a high of 3.9% in August 2017, its highest level since January 2012, meaning prices are now rising nearly twice as fast as pay.

According to XpertHR, RPI inflation has outstripped pay awards in 84 months over the past 10 years, and pay awards have now remained below inflation since September 2016.

Disabled people have to apply for 60% more jobs than non-disabled people before finding one – The Independent

Disabled people need to apply for 60 per cent more jobs than non-disabled jobseekers before they find work, new research shows.

An Opinium survey of 2,000 disabled people also found that more than half (51 per cent) of applications from disabled people result in an interview, compared with 69 per cent for non-disabled applicants.

The findings, commissioned by disability charity Scope, have prompted warnings that disabled people are being “shut out of the jobs market”.

Man accused of going on holiday rather than looking after sick wife was unfairly dismissed – CIPD

A former Royal Mail Group employee who was fired from his job on suspicion of misusing special leave was unfairly dismissed, an employment tribunal ruled yesterday.

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