Quarter of UK workers have faced discrimination in the past year

posted by admin on October 10, 2018

Almost one in four (23 per cent) of UK employees has experienced workplace discrimination in the last 12 months, according to a study published on 25th September 2018.

The survey from soft skills training provider Learnlight revealed 12 per cent of workers had been discriminated against at work because of their gender, age, background, sexual orientation, culture or ethnicity. Roughly one in seven (14 per cent) reported witnessing discrimination against someone they knew at work in the past year.

The research, which questioned 1,080 UK employees online, also found that only half (51 per cent) were sure their employer had a policy to promote workplace diversity and inclusion.Almost one in four (23 per cent) UK employees has experienced workplace discrimination in the last 12 months, according to a study published on 25th September 2018.

 

To read the article by Maggie Baska from People Management published on 26/9/18 Click Here.

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New right to parental bereavement leave

posted by admin on October 9, 2018

Royal Assent has been received for the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018.  Bereaved employees will be given the right to two weeks away from work.

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Employers guidance on annual leave

posted by admin on September 4, 2018

UK workers who fail to use their annual leave entitlement are at risk of burnout and employers need to take steps to avoid this, says Simon Allison, People Management.

Click Here to read his article in People Management dated 21st August 2018.

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Employers ‘must be overt’ when monitoring staff in the workplace

posted by admin on August 30, 2018

TUC research reveals more than half of UK workers are concerned about being watched in some way.  Employers must be clear with their staff about their monitoring policies, experts have said, after a new report from the TUC revealed more than half of UK workers believe their boss monitors them at work.

To read the article by Emily Burt from People Management published on 20/8/18 Click Here.

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Fit for work advice helpline

posted by admin on August 29, 2018

Following the closer of the assessment service, which provided occupational health assessments for employees at risk of long-term sickness absence in England, Wales and Scotland.  Employers, employees and GPs will continue to be able to use the Fit for Work advice helpline, website and web chat, which offer general health and work advice as well as support on sickness absence.

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Tax-free childcare

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The childcare voucher scheme will close from 4th October 2018 to new applicants.  You may be able to get tax-free childcare instead.

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Zero hours contract – employment appeal tribunal decision held

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Zero hours security guard was agency worker and entitled to same basic terms as hirer’s permanent employees.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal in Brooknight Guarding Limited v Matei has held that a security guard on a zero hours contract was an agency worker under the Agency Worker Regulations 2010, and was not a permanent employee.

To read the case study by Nicola Butterworth of Howes Percival published on 24/8/18  Click Here.

 

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Tougher Disclosure & Barring Checks

posted by admin on August 22, 2018

New ID checking guidelines are being introduced on 24 October 2017. These guidelines will apply to all applications for standard or enhanced checks.

The new guidelines will run in parallel with the existing guidelines from 24 October 2017 to 25 January 2018, when the existing guidelines will cease to apply.

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Stop worrying and nip it in the bud today!

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Mediation is one of a number of ways of resolving workplace grievances, particularly where sickness absence (particularly if stress-related) or poor performance is an on-going consequence. It is also particularly successful when there are several people involved.

As an employer, there are so many pitfalls to watch out for – and unless you know exactly how to handle such a delicate situation, you’re left feeling pretty powerless.

In the case of long-term sickness, it’s a situation which is costing you the full salary rate while you get nothing in return. And if you handle things in the wrong way, you could end up being sued for intimidation, harassment or constructive dismissal on top of everything else.

And what if those causing the disruption are too senior for you to communicate with effectively?

For further information and assistance dealing with complex cases or grievances, please Contact Us.

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Employment law annual updates

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National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

Increases in hourly rates of pay for both the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. Details in the table below.

Future changes for both will take place in April of each year.

 

April 2018

 

 

Statutory payments – April 2018

Maternity/Paternity/Adoption  £145.18
Sick pay £92.05
Lower Earnings Threshold £116.00
National Living Wage (workers aged 25 and over) £7.83
National Minimum Wage
Workers aged 21-24 £7.38
Workers aged 18-20 £5.90
Workers ages 16-17 £4.20
Apprentice rate £3.70

Source: ACAS Employment law update 2018-2019

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