Good afternoon – here’s the latest news update on what’s been happening regarding HR and employment law.
Ryanair pilots are being investigated by HM Revenue & Customs over complex employment structures imposed on them by the no-frills airline.
Several experienced pilots told the Guardian that they have faced tax investigations relating to the way in which they are employed by Ryanair. Europe’s busiest airline is already grappling with a PR disaster caused by errors in how pilots are rostered for work – leading to the cancellation of tens of thousands of flights through to March next year, which has disrupted the travel plans of 700,000 passengers.
Ryanair has also clashed with its pilots over their working conditions, with many complaining about the same contract arrangements that have piqued HMRC’s interest.
Rodney Bickerstaffe, the former general secretary of Unison has died aged 72, the trade union has said.
Mr Bickerstaffe, who led the public sector union NUPE before it became Unison, was also a former president of the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
He also served as president of the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) for four years, from 2001.
The TUC is warning that the national minimum wage (NMW) risks leaving younger workers behind, as it gives evidence to the Low Pay Commission (LPC).
An increase to the minimum wage will come into force in April 2018, but the new top rate will only apply to workers over 25.
The TUC is calling for the top rate of the minimum wage to be extended to all workers aged 21 and above, the rates for 16 to 20-year-olds to be increased, and for more resources for enforcement to ensure the new higher rate is being paid to all who qualify.
Just a third (32%) of HR managers report feeling confident they are not prejudiced when hiring staff, according to a controversial new study.
Close to half (48%) admitted bias affects their candidate choice, while a further 20% said they could not be sure they acted without bias when recruiting, the figures from digital recruitment platform SomeoneWho revealed.
Around three-quarters (74%) of respondents reported witnessing discrimination during the course of a recruitment process, while a quarter (25%) said they observed discrimination during recruitment on a regular basis.