PBS HR Newsletter – October 2018

Website launched to raise awareness of mental health at work

Earlier this week, Prince William officially launched a new website designed to raise awareness of mental health issues and improve mental well-being in the workplace. The website, ‘Mental Health at Work’, has been funded by the Royal Foundation and created in partnership with mental health charity Mind.  Read more….

New statutory right to paid time off for bereaved parents confirmed

As a result of campaigning from MPs and parental rights groups, the government is introducing a legal right for parents to take an extended time off work and be paid, where eligible.  Read more…

One in five HR professionals say that pregnancy or motherhood affects female employees’ chances of promotion

Recent research has revealed that one in five (22 per cent) of HR professionals consider that a woman being pregnant, or a mother, affects her promotion chances. Read more…

HMRC recovers over £15m in minimum wage underpayments

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy has released a report containing details of the government’s enforcement of minimum wage underpayments.  It reveals that the arrears identified by the HMRC in 2017/18 was the highest amount of money recovered for the highest number of workers in any year since the National Minimum Wage (NMW) was introduced, with 200,000 workers identified as being underpaid a total of £15.6 million.  Read more…

Childcare Voucher Scheme is coming to an end

The scheme, in which companies can provide up to £55 per week of employee wages as vouchers to assist with childcare costs, is due to close on 4th October 2018. Read more…

Worker fails to prove that high blood pressure precluded him from night shifts

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed the appeal of a casual worker with hypertension (high blood pressure) after he failed to adequately prove that this condition prevented him from undertaking regular night shifts. Read more…

1 in 4 employees have experienced a cyber-attack or data breach at work

Amidst recent reports that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched an investigation into allegations that the details of hundreds of workers were leaked in a huge data breach at Jaguar Land Rover’s Lode Lane factory in Solihull, a recent survey reveals that, despite new GDPR laws, lapses in workplace data security appear to be worryingly commonplace.  Read more…

Almost half of workers over 50 believe their age disadvantages them

Despite more than 10 million workers in the UK being over 50 last year, research, commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better, has led to calls for more to be done to tackle age discrimination within the workplace.  Read more…

This newsletter was curated by Nicole Squires, MA, Chartered MCIPD, an Executive Consultant at People Based Solutions. People Based Solutions is an HR support company that specialises in supporting small and medium sized businesses meet all of their HR commitments. If you want to know how People Based solutions can help you meet your HR and Employment Law obligations click here for your free HR Health Check. Alternatively, you can call us on 01925 425 857, send an e-mail to enquries@peoplebasedsolutions.co.uk or Click Here to visit our website.