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Jun
24
2019

Human Resources and Ethics
#Information Technology #Corporate #Employment #Data Protection

The recently announced huge gift of £150 million to Oxford University by Stephen Schwarzman to fund a new institute for ethics in artificial intelligence is a reminder of the huge importance attached by many to the need for more ethical focus on issues arising from artificial intelligence and technology innovation....

Jun
20
2019

Employer’s allocation of training duties found to be discriminatory for employee for whom English was not his first language
#Employment

In the recent case of Khawaja v Transport for London, a Tribunal found that an employee had been subjected to direct race discrimination by his manager in respect of the allocation of training opportunities. ...

Jun
14
2019

Jobs and skills for a brighter future
#Employment

A very expert global panel convened at the ILO conference in Geneva on 14 June examined issues around how to produce decent jobs in the future. ...

Jun
14
2019

Presenter’s arrangements with BBC not subject to IR35 rules
#Employment

In April we blogged about the upcoming reforms to the Tax framework - IR35. ...

Jun
14
2019

Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) in discrimination cases
#Employment

The Women and Equalities Select Committee (“WESC”) has called for the government to either ban or reset the parameters on which NDAs are used by employers to silence employees’ allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace. The WESC has commented that it is “completely unacceptable that allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace are routinely covered up by employers with legally drafted NDAs”....

Jun
13
2019

Breaking News: Court of Appeal overturns EAT decision on trade union inducement!
#Employment

In December 2017 we blogged on the case of Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley and others. ...

Jun
12
2019

Trade unions and the contractual incorporation of collective agreements
#Employment

It is well understood that a recognised trade union can negotiate terms and conditions of employment, and that the outcome of negotiations is recorded in a collective agreement applicable to all staff in the trade union’s bargaining unit. However, the EAT has held that the terms of a collective agreement need to cover the same factual circumstances in an employee’s contract in order to be successfully incorporated....

Jun
12
2019

'Workers’ voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay, Court of Appeal rules' - Helen Beech comments for People Management
#Employment #Press

Judgment in favour of ambulance workers could have wider implications, say employment lawyers. Voluntary overtime for ambulance workers should be factored into holiday pay allocations, providing such overtime is sufficiently regular to form part of a normal remuneration package, a court has ruled....

Jun
07
2019

Succession Planning – Are you ready for the future?
#Employment

If one of the key individuals in your company, such as a manager or someone with technical skills, was to resign tomorrow morning, would you be able to identify their successor? This is a question that many businesses struggle to answer, with companies more likely to recruit from outside the business when vacancies arise, than look for a suitable replacement among their existing staff. ...

Jun
07
2019

The use of medical aids, including contact lenses, when assessing disability
#Employment

The recent case of Mart v Assessment Services Inc has brought the question of disability and medical treatment to the forefront once again. The Equality Act 2010 offers special protection to individuals who are disabled. ...

Jun
07
2019

Failure to pay sum offered during cross-examination was not victimisation
#Employment

This is according to the recent EAT decision in Aston v The Marlet Group. The EAT dismissed the claimant’s victimisation claim, considering the law on the judicial proceedings immunity and paying particular attention to the Supreme Court decision in P v Commissioner of Police in the Metropolis. ...

Jun
03
2019

Tracking your employees – Is this a(i) step too far?
#Employment #Information Technology

It has been revealed that hundreds of UK business are using artificial intelligence to monitor staff activity. Is this an innovative way to analyse productivity or a stressful scrutinisation of individuals’ activity?...

May
24
2019

Favouritism, micromanaging and poor instructions – the errors managers continue to make
#Employment

New research shows that nearly 50% of employees have at some point resigned as a direct consequence of their poor working relationship with their boss. Process management firm Process Bliss undertook the research, conducting an online survey within the UK of small to medium sized businesses. ...

May
24
2019

Decision not to allow employee to take up overseas placement due to concerns over risk to his health not discriminatory
#Employment

In the recent case of Owen v AMEC Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd and another, the Court of Appeal held that withdrawing the offer of an international placement due to concerns arising from the Claimant’s medical assessment did not amount to disability discrimination. The Claimant was in poor physical health and suffered from hypertension, kidney disease, ischaemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes and morbid obesity....

May
17
2019

Mental Health Awareness Week
#Employment

According to The Government's Department of Health, 25% of us will experience mental health issues at some point in our lives. A study conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development...

May
09
2019

Knowledge of disability - Employer’s knowledge of Claimant’s disability at appeal stage of disciplinary proceedings was relevant and should have been considered by Tribunal
#Employment

In the recent case of Baldeh v Churches Housing Association of Dudley and District Ltd, the EAT allowed an appeal by a Claimant against the Tribunal’s decision to reject her claim for disability related discrimination. Whilst it was found that the Respondent did not have knowledge of the Claimant’s disability (either actual or constructive) prior to dismissing her, it had gained this knowledge when it was told of her depression at the appeal hearing....

May
03
2019

Opportunity for all: HR and social mobility
#Employment

The 2018-2019 report of the Social Mobility Commission, released this week, provides an opportunity for HR professionals to consider ways to add further value to businesses....

May
02
2019

The importance of workplace culture – is your organisation “stuck in its ways”
#Employment

“Culture is the sum of a company’s values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviours and attitudes” according to the co-founder of communications platform Speakap the company responsible for a new survey on the importance of workplace culture....

Apr
26
2019

Gender Pay Gap: Study reveals that men are more likely to ask for a pay rise than women
#Employment

A survey conducted by CV-Library on 1,200 UK workers has revealed that 64% of men were comfortable asking for a pay rise, compared to just 43% of women. On top of this, when women did ask for a pay rise, this averaged at around 2% of their salary, in comparison to men receiving a rise between 3-5%....

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