HR news round-up – Tues 7 Nov 2017

By November 7, 2017News

Here are the latest HR and employment law news stories from today. Click the titles to see the full articles:


Processes must improve if harassment is to end, May tells business leaders – CIPD

Theresa May has pledged to increase the amount of HR support available to employees at Westminster and promised to promote a ‘culture of respect’, as attention focuses on potential solutions to the wave of sexual harassment allegations that have engulfed political parties in recent days.

Speaking at the CBI conference in London, the prime minister said she would agree a “common, robust and independent grievance procedure for parliament” following a scandal that has seen a number of parliamentarians accused of misdemeanours including inappropriate advances, offensive comments and sexual assault. Several politicians have been suspended, multiple investigations are underway and at least one allegation has been referred to the police.


BBC Radio 4’s The Untold focuses on unfair dismissal claim – BBC

Grace Dent returns with a new series of untold stories from modern Britain.

The new series opens with the story of former care home manager Rachel Burns who was sacked after posting a photo of one of her residents on Facebook.

Though Rachel Burns admitted she’d made a number of mistakes in her use of social media, she felt that dismissal was too draconian after 21 years working for her employer, the local council. The Untold follows Rachel over a twelve-month period as she pursues an unfair dismissal claim.


Redundancies afoot as Pentland Brands restructures – Drapers Online

Pentland Brands, which owns labels including Speedo, Berghaus and Boxfresh, is planning to make up to 100 redundancies in order to “simplify” its structure.

Pentland explained that many of its customers deal with multiple contacts across its brands. It wants to create a single touch point for each retailer, regardless of how many of its brands they stock. It said the new structure would be “more efficient” and give “greater alignment” across its brands.

As part of the move, the business is consolidating its offices. Sportswear brands Canterbury of New Zealand and Mitre will move from Stockport and Wakefield respectively to Pentland’s existing office building in Nottingham, where they will share the space with swimwear brand Speedo.


British mums getting back to work thanks to grandparents’ childcare – HR News

The extent of grandparents providing childcare in the UK is much higher than previously thought and is a factor in assisting mums, who had taken time out from work to have children, to get back into the workplace, according to new research carried out at the University of Birmingham.

The study, published in the Journal of Social Policy, found that grandparents were the first named source of after school and weekend care for 36% of school entry year children for lone parents and 32% for partnered mothers. It was found that grandparents are providing care for mothers with all levels of educational attainment.

The research suggests that grandparent provided care is extensive in the UK and has had a major impact on the work force with grandparent care having a causal effect on mothers’ going to work, raising mothers’ participation by 26% (12 percentage points of participation).

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