HR news round-up – 6 Sept 2017

By September 6, 2017News

Good afternoon – here’s the latest round-up of what’s going on right now in the world of HR and employment law.

Scrapping public sector pay cap ‘won’t address years of pay cuts’, warn unions – CIPD

Scrapping the public sector pay cap would be a “drop in the ocean” that would do “nothing to address the years of pay cuts public servants have endured”, critics have said.

Reports emerged on Sunday evening that Theresa May’s aides were working on a package of proposals that include culling the 1% cap on pay rises for public sector workers. However, unions were quick to point out that the decision may be too little, too late in regards to lost wages.

Sports Direct ‘gulag’ uses emojis to rate staff morale – HR Grapevine

The Sports Direct warehouse once described as a “gulag” is asking staff to clock-in by pressing a touchpad featuring a happy or sad face emoji to indicate if they’re satisfied with conditions, The Guardian reports.

Staffers at the scandal-ridden Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire are being identified by their fingerprints and, if they’re unhappy, asked to explain their grievances to management.

The claims, laid out by trade union Unite, include allegations that if workers press the sad face emoji, they’re then asked if they’re sure about their decision. If they press it again, they can be asked to explain their dissatisfaction to managers.

Parents of premature babies deserve ‘total backing’ from employers – CIPD

Experts have reminded employers to sensitively open up channels of communication, and not make assumptions about plans to return to work when supporting parents of premature or ill babies.

Acas yesterday published guidelines for employers that had staff with premature or ill babies. The guidance included encouraging careful communication, approaching parents to make sure they were comfortable being contacted by their workplace with offers of help, and asking parents what they would like their colleagues to be told about their situation.

Immigration plans would encourage bad bosses to exploit migrants, critics warn – CIPD

Leaked Home Office proposals have emerged that include curbing low-skilled EU migration and introducing more stringent right-to-work checks.

Although a government spokesperson said it would not be commenting on the leaked draft, critics believe the government’s leaked immigration proposals could create an ‘underground economy’ where bad bosses could exploit migrants and good employers would be undercut.

Businesses lack skill when sourcing HR talent, study finds – Consultancy.uk

A recent survey of Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) across the globe has found that business acumen is the most lacking skill when looking for top level HR talent.

Those questioned also cited concerns around engagement and leadership when it comes to meeting long-term strategic goals. Aligning talent strategy to overall business strategy is a key factor that apparently “keeps respondents up at night”.

Firms preparing for future by investing in skills – HR Magazine

Firms are preparing for national and international political change and uncertainty by investing heavily in employee development, according to research from Henley Business School.

The Corporate Learning Survey found that, in reaction to events such as Brexit, 81% of companies plan to maintain or increase their training budgets to build on organisational capabilities, leverage the potential in their workforce, and so future-proof their business and avoid a mass talent exodus.

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