Holiday pay and commission – a small step forward

On the same day that a Mr Clarkson’s services were dispensed with by the BBC (you thump someone at work, you lose your job), a far more interesting issue (at least to HR professionals and employment lawyers) took a very small step towards some sort of resolution in the Leicester Employment Tribunal – the thorny issue of commission payments and holiday pay.

Pay data: March 2015

Various research organisations have published data on average pay settlements for the three/four months to February 2015.

Women on boards: 25% target achievable in 2015

Almost a quarter of all FTSE 100 board positions are being filled by women, up from 12.5% four years ago.

February 2015 inflation data

Consumer Prices Index inflation fell in the year to February 2015 to 0.0%. The detailed figures are as follows:

Type 2 diabetes and disability

Diet-controlled Type 2 diabetes does not automatically qualify as a disability. The employee’s condition, which was controlled by abstaining from sugary drinks, did not have a substantial adverse effect on his ability to carry out day-to-day activities.
Metroline Travel Ltd v Stoute

SPC can occur where there is a group of clients with a common intention

Where several different clients change service provider at or around the same time, each individual service provision change (SPC) can be considered together to decide how TUPE applies.
Ottimo Property Services Ltd v Duncan

Budget 2015 – an HR synopsis

Summarised briefly below are some aspects of the 2015 Budget of interest/relevance to HR.

Zero-hours contracts: more details on exclusivity ban

The government has outlined the measures it intends to take to tackle any attempts by employers to get around the forthcoming ban on exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts (ZHCs).

National Minimum Wage rates from October 2015

The following increases to the rates of the National Minimum Wage will apply from 1 October 2015 :

Constructive knowledge of disability: reasonable, not perfect, effort required

While an employer hadn’t explored every conceivable avenue, it had done enough to avoid a finding that it had constructive knowledge of an employee’s disability and thus be liable for having to make reasonable adjustments.
Donelien v Liberata UK Ltd

The way forward for older workers

The three ‘R’s - Retain, Retrain, Recruit – form the basis of a series of recommendations on how the over-50s can be helped to stay in or move into work.

ACAS code and the right to be accompanied

ACAS had amended its Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures to reflect case law clarification on the scope of the right to be accompanied, with effect from 11 March 2015.
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Why corporate learning fails

It makes for stark headline. More than half of managers believe that employee performance would not change if their company’s learning function were eliminated. This might be funny, if it were not for the fact that organisations spend over $200 billion on learning each year. And the real shock here is the fact that it is not new news. That something is wrong with corporate learning is well known, because over the past ten years surveys have repeatedly shown that only around 20% of business leaders are satisfied with the performance of their learning function. Time and again, it keeps coming up short and there are two reasons for this.

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