HR news round-up – Mon 30 Oct 2017

By October 30, 2017News

Good afternoon, it’s the start of a new week so here’s your round-up of HR and employment law news for today and from over the weekend. Click the links for the full stories:

BBC pay gap: women working with lawyers on potential legal action – The Guardian

At least 10 senior women at the BBC are working with lawyers about the gender pay gap at the corporation and could take legal action if talks with the broadcaster fail to resolve the issue.

The women are being advised by the City law firm Mishcon de Reya but other law firms are also understood to be working with BBC employees about pay.

Those talking to law firms include presenters whose names were included in the list of top earners published by the BBC. Mishcon is helping them to establish whether the BBC has failed to pay people equally for doing the same job.

A quarter of Brits took no time off work following death of a loved one – HR News

New research has revealed that, despite the devastating impact of bereavement, one in four Britons did not take any time off work following the death of a loved one. A further one in 10 took just a single day away from the workplace to grieve.

This is according to new findings released today by family-run funeral service provider CPJ Field, which has shed light on the UK’s inadequate workplace bereavement leave provisions.

Just a fifth of workers comfortable discussing mental health with colleagues – CIPD

Only a fifth (21%) of workers are comfortable talking about mental health with their colleagues, compared with 42% who feel they can talk about physical health problems, according to a new survey.

The study of 2,000 workers from Opinium Research also found that just shy of a quarter (24%) felt they could not confide in anyone at work about their mental health, and just 15% have someone at work who checks on their wellbeing regularly.

NHS workforce planning ‘not fit for purpose’ – Personnel Today

National policy and planning for the NHS workforce in England is “not fit for purpose” according to a report from the Health Foundation.

Increasing NHS workforce instability – caused by high staff turnover – is costing the health service financially as well as reducing patients’ continuity of care. In some NHS trusts as much as 30% of staff are leaving each year, meaning “a huge amount” of time and money is being spent on recruitment, just to maintain the same headcount.

The report, ‘Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge’, found that the NHS workforce increased by 2% in the year to April 2017. There was a rise in managers and consultants but a fall in the number of nurses (0.2%) and GPs (0.7%).

Trainers who planned to set up rival company were unfairly dismissed – CIPD

Two trainers who set up a rival firm and contacted potential clients while they were still employed were unfairly dismissed, a tribunal has ruled. However, the judge awarded them no compensation as the pair would have been fired even if the process had been followed correctly.

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