Good afternoon, here is Monday’s HR and employment law news round-up.
The government should give “a clear signal” that it will support the automotive industry through Brexit to protect jobs at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant, the Unite union says.
The union is calling for reassurance from the plant’s French owners, PSA Group, that they will continue to invest in the facility.
But Unite said the government also needed to provide more certainty. The PSA Group has announced 400 job losses in Ellesmere Port due to falling sales.
Legislation that will provide a statutory right to time off for employees who lose a child has been praised for providing working parents with ‘reassurance’ at a difficult time.
The new law, details of which were published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) late last week, will create a right for parents to take two weeks of paid time off in the event of the death of a child under 18.
The parental bereavement bill, which was first introduced to parliament in July, is scheduled to have its second reading on Friday. The BEIS hopes the bill will become law by 2020.
A Tesco branch in Reading was caught in a fracas after a security guard staged a 21-hour protest on the roof of the store.
Adama Jammeh, 46, climbed inside the roof space of the Tesco store after he was sacked for being wrongly accused of stealing.
The store was closed and shoppers were evacuated as Jammeh protested his unfair dismissal from Total Security Services (TSS). The security firm falsely accused the father-of-two of stealing up to £20,000 worth of electrical goods from Tesco, leading to his termination.
The ADP Research Institute® (ADPRI), reveals that 70% of UK employees would consider leaving their current job, with nearly a quarter (24%) actively looking for new opportunities and nearly half (46%) passively looking. This figure is much higher than the 60% of European employees who said they were open to leaving their current job.
UK employees are also less likely to consider themselves as devoted to their place of work, with 48% saying they are loyal, compared to the 58% European average.
Only a third (37%) of employees see a clear link between their pay and performance, research published today has found, raising concerns that workers could become disgruntled as wages remain squeezed.
The Willis Towers Watson Global Workforce Study, which gathered responses from more than 36,000 employees across a range of industries, also revealed that only two in five (40%) employees felt their managers made fair decisions linking performance to pay. Less than half (46%) said their organisation clearly explained its reward programmes.