HR news round-up – Tues 14 Nov 2017

By November 14, 2017News

It’s time to see what’s in today’s news relating to HR and employment law. Click the titles to see the full articles.

 

First boss to be sentenced for failing to set up pension for staff – Moneywise

Bus company, Stotts Tours in Oldham and its managing director, Alan Stott have pleaded guilty of failing to provide a workplace pension to its staff.

Mr Stott and the company admitted 16 charges of wilfully failing to comply with the law on workplace pensions.

According to The Pensions Regulator (TPR), 36 members should have been auto-enrolled into a workplace pension since June 2015, and its investigations concluded that Stott’s failure to do so was deliberate.

Under auto-enrolment rules, all UK employers are required to set up a workplace pension for all members of staff that meet certain eligibility criteria and pay contributions on their behalf, based on their earnings.

 

Key trade union law case centres on £420,000 compensation for 56 South Yorkshire workers – Unite the Union

A key case on trade union law starts today (Tuesday 14 November) into an appeal by Kostal UK Limited against an employment tribunal decision which ordered the firm to pay 56 Unite members more than £420,000 in compensation after making ‘unlawful inducements’.

The employment appeal tribunal (EAT) in London will hear the appeal by Kostal UK against the decision of a Sheffield employment tribunal (ET) in February this year, which ordered  the firm, based near Rotherham, to pay the workers the compensation.

Unite, the country’s largest union which represents the workers, said the hearing will be the first time an appeal court has considered this important point of law.

The claims arose after Kostal sought to bypass union negotiations in the first pay talks since the majority of the company’s 700 strong workforce voted in favour of Unite being recognised as their trade union.

 

Cleaner banned and fined £25 for being ill – BBC News

When Polly Mackenzie heard her cleaner was ill and unable to work her normal day, she was hoping to reschedule through the Handy site that supplied her.

But that was not how the system worked. Ms Mackenzie, from south London, was sent what she described to the BBC as “a grovelling email – as if they’d killed my firstborn”, then found her account had been credited with £5 to compensate for the inconvenience.

She said that meant Handy had “profited £20 from her illness, about twice as much as they’d make if she turned up”.

The cleaner has since been made available to Ms Mackenzie once more, but the incident has ignited a strident debate on social media about the use of app-based services and the gig economy.

 

One in five European NHS doctors plan to quit UK following Brexit – CIPD

Almost one in five qualified NHS doctors from the European Economic Area (EEA) have made firm plans to quit Britain following the Brexit vote, with many more thinking of leaving, a survey has revealed, raising fresh fears of a nationwide medical ‘brain drain’.

In the UK-wide survey of more than 1,700 doctors who gained their primary qualification in another European country, the British Medical Association (BMA) found that almost half (45 per cent) were considering leaving the UK following its exit from the EU, while 19 per cent had already arranged to move elsewhere for work.