HR news round-up – Thurs 2 Nov 2017

By November 2, 2017News

Good afternoon, here’s the latest round-up of what’s happening in the world of HR and employment law.


Women will wait 217 years for pay gap to close, WEF says – The Guardian

Women around the globe may have to wait more than two centuries to achieve equality in the workplace, according to new research.

The World Economic Forum, best known for its annual gathering in the Swiss resort of Davos, said it would take 217 years for disparities in the pay and employment opportunities of men and women to end. This is significantly longer than the 170 years its researchers calculated a year ago.

Taking other indicators such as access to healthcare and education and participation in politics in account, the overall gender gap will take 100 years to close – also longer than the 83 years the WEF researchers predicted last year.


Nurse’s latex gloves allergy costs Bedford based healthcare firm £500,000 fine – Bedford Today

A nurse’s allergic reaction to latex gloves has resulted in her employers being fined more than half a million pounds in a crown court.

Bedford-based Ramsay Health Care UK was this month prosecuted by the HSE for compromising the health and safety of its own workers.

The Hassett Street company, which runs a string of private hospitals, clinics and treatment centres, pleaded guilty to breaching sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act that gives it a legal duty to protect employees.

Southwark Crown Court heard how one of Ramsay’s nurses suffered “severe” dermatitis because she was required to wear latex gloves as part of her job in operating theatres.


Overnight carer back pay scheme ‘unaffordable’ – Mencap – BBC News

Care providers have dismissed a government scheme to tackle a problem over back pay for overnight shift staff, as a “suicide note”.

The charity Mencap said the government was sacrificing the wellbeing of the most vulnerable in society and putting the jobs of low-paid staff at risk.

Ministers said the scheme had been designed to help ensure workers were paid what they were owed.

But charities say the bill for six years of extra pay is unaffordable.

The Department for Business (BEIS) said it was introducing a new compliance scheme for social-care providers that might in the past have incorrectly paid workers who stayed overnight for sleep-in shifts below the legal minimum wage.

The row developed when Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said it would pursue employers for six years’ worth of back pay, totalling £400m.


‘Bogus’ self-employment in the road haulage industry to come under spotlight at employment tribunal – Unite the Union

The use of ‘sham and bogus’ employment practices and agency worker abuses in the road transport industry is going to be tested at an employment tribunal (ET) in Manchester.

Unite, the country’s largest union, today (Thursday 2 November) served a claim on behalf of Gary Sharrock, a driver from St Helens, against ADR Network Limited, the Co-op’s preferred agency, and PPF Limited.

The crux of the case is that Gary Sharrock had to set up his own company, while the work he did driving across the north of England was the same as those employed on a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) basis.

Unite Legal Services said that Mr Sharrock did not want to work on these terms, ‘but was not offered, or advised he could undertake, work on any other basis’. The union claims that ADR and PPF do ‘engage employers on a PAYE basis’, but that he ‘was not afforded that option’.

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