HR news round-up – Thurs 19 October 2017

By October 19, 2017News

Good afternoon, here’s Thursday’s round-up of the latest HR and employment law news.


One in four people ‘trapped in low paid jobs’ – BBC News

A quarter of low paid workers are permanently stuck in poorly paid jobs in the UK with little chance of earning more, according to new research.

The Social Mobility Commission said low pay was “endemic” in the UK, with women more likely to get stuck on low pay. It found just one in six low paid workers had managed to escape from poorly paid jobs in the last decade.

The report defines low pay as hourly earnings below two-thirds of the median hourly wage, which was £8.10 last year. The median hourly wage for an average person across the entire British workforce was £12.10 per hour in 2016, according to the report.


UK accused of failing to protect domestic workers – The Guardian

Campaigners have warned that thousands of foreign domestic workers remain enslaved behind the closed doors of some of Britain’s wealthiest neighbourhoods after the government failed to implement safeguards designed to protect them from abusive and exploitative employers.

In the past year, the Home Office has issued 18,950 visas under its domestic workers in private households scheme, which allows foreign families to bring domestic staff with them when staying in the UK.

Changes made by the Home Office last year allowed overseas domestic workers to switch employers within the six-month term of their visa. The move followed a damning review of the scheme that concluded the government was exposing thousands of women brought to the UK by wealthy Gulf families to conditions of slavery, trafficking and abuse.


Majority of Brits are sleep deprived and stressed, which is negatively impacting their performance at work – HR News

Over three quarters (77%) of Brits admit that having a bad night’s sleep negatively impacts their working day, with 27% claiming that they feel exhausted on a daily basis. That’s according to the latest research from leading independent job board, CV-Library .

The study explored the attitudes of 1,300 workers around the topic of sleep and the workplace and was conducted with input from Sleep Neuroscientist, Professor Jim Horne . The research has found that three quarters of Brits (74.5%) cite workplace stress as a key cause of their disrupted sleep, with a further 92.5% admitting that a stress-related disrupted sleep negatively affects their emotions.


Overseas workers put the spotlight on the employment tribunal’s jurisdiction – CIPD

An appeal ruling has made it clear that the use of UK contracts could help employees claim the full protection of British law

The reach of UK employment law has previously been set out in Ravat v Halliburton Manufacturing and Services Limited by the Supreme Court, which stated that ‘the employment relationship must have a stronger connection with Great Britain than with the foreign country where the employee works’.

Establishing that strength of connection will always be a question of fact and degree; however, the recent case of Green v SIG Trading has provided further clarity. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) established that the test must be an objective one, and that the wider context of the arrangement must be taken into account when applying the threshold.


1 in 5 UK workers don’t ‘get’ why their organisation exists – HR Grapevine

With ‘purpose’ becoming an important factor in employee attraction, retention and engagement, why are so many employees unable to identify why their organisation exists?

New research by The O.C. Tanner Institute has found that 1 in 5 UK employees don’t know their organisation’s purpose and 41% think that their employer is only in business to make a profit.

The research also revealed that of those organisations that do have a ‘purpose’, just half of UK employees say that it actually motivates them. In addition, 29% feel their organisation’s purpose does not reflect what’s important to them.

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