Good afternoon – it’s Monday once again, so here’s the first HR and employment law news round-up of the week.
A quarter of UK workers say they would have to be hospitalised before they took a sick day – HR News
Almost a quarter (23%) of UK workers – around seven million people – say they would only take time off work if they were hospitalised and had no other choice. Canada Life Group Insurance’s new research reveals a worrying attitude towards taking time off for sickness among the UK workforce.
Nine in ten (89%) UK workers say they’ve gone into work when feeling ill, a proportion which is virtually unchanged compared to 2016 (90%), suggesting employers’ efforts to improve wellbeing are failing to reduce presenteeism among employees.
BAE Systems ‘planning 1,000 job cuts’ – The Guardian
Britain’s biggest defence contractor, BAE Systems, is reportedly planning to cut more than 1,000 manufacturing jobs.
Many of the cuts will affect BAE’s Warton factory in Preston, Lancashire, but there will also be job losses at other locations, Sky News reported. BAE is expected to make an announcement later on Monday or on Tuesday.
The company, which makes the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and Britain’s nuclear submarines, employs 34,600 people in the UK, out of 83,100 worldwide.
Female chef excluded from working at all-male barbecue – Personnel Today
An employment tribunal held that a female chef was discriminated against when she was rejected for extra work at a private event on the basis of her gender.
Ms Ndebele, an agency worker, was working as a chef for a catering company. An office manager was asked by the head of sales to find a suitable chef to assist with a private barbecue (not connected to the employer’s activities).
The office manager put forward Ms Ndebele, who was one of the volunteers. The other volunteers were all male. However, the head of sales overruled the office manager’s choice, saying that it was an all-male event and that a male chef would be preferable.
An employment tribunal claim is today being lodged on behalf of a foster carer, arguing that she is a worker and entitled to rights such as holiday pay.
Trade union the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), which is filing the claim on behalf of foster carer Sarah Anderson against Hampshire County Council, believes that, if successful, the case could open the doors for thousands of similar claims by foster carers.
Although foster carers in the UK are paid by local councils, agencies or charities to look after children, they are not currently classified as either workers or employees.