PBS Newsletter – September 2018

Working conditions and employee rights have an impact on an organisation’s brand

Following a recent survey, the Reputation Institute has ranked the reputation of a number of large UK retailers, including big name brands such as Ikea and Waitrose.  The survey demonstrates that factors such as working conditions and the treatment of employee can have a significant impact on the way an organisation is perceived by the public. Read more….

 Government announces plans to review the Modern Slavery Act 2015

The government has outlined plans to review and evaluate the effectiveness of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA).  The Act was originally implemented to prohibit all forms of modern slavery including human trafficking and to protect victims. Read more…

Commuting time should be counted as part of the working day, according to recent research

The University of the West of England (UWE) recently undertook a survey of 5,000 rail passengers on commuter routes into London.  They found that, thanks to widespread smartphone use and improved wi-fi access, many workers now use their home to office commute to deal with work emails, while those on the way home would use the time to catch up on work they had not finished during their regular working day.  Read more….

Proposals for a statutory code of practice to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace

The Women and Equalities parliamentary committee have made a number of proposals to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace after claiming that previous efforts had not been effective. These suggestions have been included as part of the committee’s report, following a six-month inquiry into the issue, which began in response to January’s Presidents Club dinner scandal. Read more….

Pay awards drop for the first time since September 2016

XpertHR’s analysis of 51 pay deals made between 1 May and 31 July showed that the median value of settlements fell for the first time in almost two years, having either remained steady or risen every month since September 2016. Read more….

Government considering ways to give carers more flexibility

The government has responded to recommendations put forward by the work and pension committee which included an additional five days’ statutory annual leave for workers with caring responsibilities. Read more….

UK workers are more motivated by pay than their EU counterparts

New research from ADP indicates that money is more important to the UK’s workforce than other European countries.  The study, which surveyed over 2,000 workers across France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and the UK, found that 62% of UK employees say payment is the primary reason they come to work.  This is far higher than the other EU countries, with only 49% of their workers claiming pay is their biggest motivator.  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.

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