HR news round-up – Tuesday 5 Sept 2017

By September 5, 2017News

Hello! Here’s today’s round-up of the latest HR and employment law news.

Sports Direct fails to meet 2016 pledge on working conditions – The Guardian

Sports Direct has failed to meet a pledge to offer guaranteed hours to shop workers and transfer some warehouse staff to permanent contracts a year after promising widespread changes in working practices.

The retail group controlled by the Newcastle United owner, Mike Ashley, promised to ensure that all staff were treated with “dignity and respect” in a report on its working practices published on 6 September last year.

Key pledges included offering casual retail staff guaranteed hours instead of zero-hours contracts, and testing a scheme to transfer 10 warehouse staff a month from insecure agency contracts to Sports Direct’s employment.

Worker whose messages were monitored had human rights breached – Personnel Today

Employers should make employees aware of any monitoring of their communications after the European Court of Human Rights ruled a man’s right to privacy was breached when his employers investigated his private messages.

The decision relates to the long-running case of Barbulescu v Romania, which first went to the Romanian courts in 2007. The ECHR ruled by an 11 to six majority that Romanian judges, in backing the employer, had failed to protect Barbulescu’s right to private life and correspondence.

Major employers to lead disability inclusion event – HR News

The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI), in partnership with specialist People and Development consultancy Delsion, is hosting an event in South Wales where business leaders will discuss the relationship between skills, disability inclusion and the future of work.

Attended by the Welsh Government and hosted by the University of South Wales Exchange, the event on the 27th of September will bring together influential stakeholders from organisations including the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Federation of Small Businesses and the DVLA.

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