HR news round-up – Tues 31 Oct 2017

By October 31, 2017News

Hi all – it’s time for your daily update on what’s in the news relating to HR and employment law. Click the article titles to see the full stories:


Pilot flexible working programmes for teachers announced – Personnel Today

Justine Greening has announced new pilot programmes to look at ways of supporting and employing teachers flexibly, and enhancing coaching schemes for women working in education.

The education secretary and minister for women and equalities announced the plans at a summit aiming to help recruit and retain teachers and to tackle the gender pay gap by encouraging alternative ways of working.

The summit comes days after Prime Minister Theresa May called on companies to improve workplace equality by advertising jobs as flexible unless there are solid business reasons not to.


Treasury hints IR35 will be extended into private sector – CIPD

The Treasury has dropped its strongest hint yet that IR35 rules governing how freelancers and contractors are taxed could soon be extended to cover the private sector.

With an autumn budget looming, the financial secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, told the Financial Times that his department was considering reforms, adding: “It is not just the issue of tax that we might not be collecting that we should be collecting, it is also an issue of fairness between the public and private sector.”

He declined to outline specific plans to extend the reforms to the private sector, or to confirm whether they would form part of the budget, but did suggest that the government would not be unduly deterred by opposition from employers.


Lidl worker sacked for ‘working too hard’ – HR Grapevine

A former Lidl manager is suing the discount retailers after they sacked him for working too hard.

The manager, known only as Jean P, would arrive at his Lidl branch in Barcelona at 5am and spend hours shelf-stacking, checking orders and price-checking. Whilst most bosses would love to have an employee who is so dedicated, Lidl bosses claim the hard-grafting worker breached the supermarket’s rules banning unpaid overtime.

It is reported that Jean P’s dismissal letter accused him of “very serious laboural unfulfilment” after the hierarchy checked the shop’s CCTV security footage.

Lidl principals claim that the manager was also in the store alone which is also a breach of company rules. However, an employment court heard that Lidl admitted that it had never instructed Jean, who had worked for the company for 12 years, not to come in early.


65% of retailers struggle to get staffing right – HR News

The retail landscape is changing, and retailers are struggling to keep up. New research by data driven scheduling company Rotageek reveals two thirds (65%) of retailers struggle to get the right staff in the right place at the right time . In fact, 41% have wrongly predicted staffing requirements.

This inability to predict staffing levels could cause lasting damage – almost a third (29%) of retailers say they have lost sales because they couldn’t meet customer demand. In a competitive marketplace, retailers cannot afford to dissatisfy customers.

More than a quarter (26%) of retailers waste more than one day a week managing issues around staff rotas. This large time investment does not give good returns – with almost half (49%) of retailers saying their employees are unhappy with the shifts they’ve been given.

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