Pay data: April 2016

Various research organisations have published data on average pay settlements for the three months to the end of April 2016 along with forecasts for the coming year.

Immigration update – May 2016

The Immigration Act 2016 is now on the statute book and it contains a number of important changes designed to clamp down on illegal working which will directly affect employer practice in this area. 

HR and employment law news in brief

A round up of some HR and employment law-related stories - in addition to those already covered on the website - which have been making the news from 6 May to 19 May 2016.

Proper and efficient use of money in public sector – philosophical belief?

Can it really be true that such a notion can be a protected philosophical belief? Well, it might be.
Harron v Chief Constable of Dorset Police

April 2016 inflation data

Consumer Prices Index inflation in the year to April 2016 stood at 0.3%. The figures are as follows:

Subdued pay growth despite robust employment growth

While employers remain optimistic about being able to increase employment (at least in the short term), there’s little sign of any wage growth for the next 12 months. And this isn’t likely to change in the medium to long term with the CIPD predicting that pay will remain stuck in the slow lane until at least the end of this decade – what it calls the ‘jobs-rich, pay-poor’ economy.

Sunday trading: new protections for shop workers

New rules to improve the lot of Sunday workers are contained in the Enterprise Act 2016. They amend the current ‘opting in’ and ‘out’ provisions so that the amount of notice workers engaged in larger shops have to give their employer if they want to opt out from Sunday working is reduced to one month. It also provides more opportunity for objection to working additional hours on a Sunday. 

Illegal working and dismissal

An employer’s reasonable and genuine belief (albeit mistaken) that an employee was no longer allowed to work in the UK was sufficient to justify his dismissal.
Nayak v Royal Mail

Management pay and bonuses 2016

It seems that an appreciable proportion of under-performing managers are still receiving bonuses, according to the National Management Salary Survey.

Custodial sentences for health and safety breaches

A company director has been jailed for six years for gross negligence manslaughter after two of his employees fell from a roof they were repairing: one of them died and the other was seriously injured.

Voluntary overtime formed part of ‘normal pay’ for holiday pay purposes

A tribunal has held that in calculating the amount of holiday pay that an employer pays to its workers, it has to include payments for voluntary overtime, voluntary standby and voluntary call out payments, providing that work has been undertaken with sufficient regularity to have become part of the worker’s normal pay.
White v Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Posted workers enforcement regulations

Regulations which will come into force on 18 June 2016 implement the Posted Workers Enforcement Directive, the main effect of which will be on the construction industry.
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Trade Union Act 2016 - the impact for HR

The Trade Union Act received Royal Assent on 4 May 2016 and is expected to be brought in force in during the summer, with implementing regulations being made over the following few months. The headline changes are well known: tougher thresholds for ballots, particularly for important public services, a time limit on a ballot's mandate for industrial action, and a doubling of the notice of action that employers must receive (to 14 days). The Act will also introduce more detailed rules on voting papers, picketing and various union rules. So what are the likely ramifications for HR practices in the UK?

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