Good afternoon, here’s what’s been making the news today relating to HR and employment law.
Workers at five railway operators are to strike in November in bitter disputes over the role of guards and driver-only operation of trains.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on Southern, South Western Railway and Greater Anglia will strike for 48 hours from 8 November, and for 24 hours on Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North on 8 November.
The union said it had made “every single effort” to resolve the disputes, accusing the train operators of “suspending” normal industrial relations.
Graduates travelling across the UK for job interviews will be able to apply for free accommodation in London, Manchester and Birmingham, under a new scheme from a high street bank designed to highlight the difficulties faced by young jobseekers.
The month-long ‘Barclays Graduate Rooms’ scheme will allow graduates to apply on a first-come, first-served basis for two nights of free accommodation in studio apartments close to their interview locations, regardless of whether their interview is with Barclays or another organisation.
Up to 75% of disabled people find that their condition has an impact when job-hunting, according to new research from the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI).
Furthermore, 53% of respondents said that they first faced barriers as early as the application stage and a similar number (54%) reported hurdles at multiple stages of the recruitment process.
This represents a notable improvement since the RIDI survey in 2015, when 85% of jobseekers said that their disability had a negative impact when looking for work. In 2017 14% of those surveyed said their disability did not affect their job hunt at all – in 2015 this figure stood at just 3%.
UK businesses could be losing millions of pounds because their offices are ‘poorly designed and uninspiring’ – HR News
UK businesses could be losing millions of pounds because their offices are ‘poorly designed and uninspiring’, according to a study.
Research of 2,000 office workers found around three quarters believe their office environment has made them less productive and less effective at work.
A third feel they have been left with no alternative but to take time off from work because their surroundings have directly affected their physical or mental wellbeing.