Apprenticeship levy: details fleshed out

Further details of how the apprenticeship levy will work in practice have been published. From 6 April 2017, employers in all sectors with an annual pay bills of £3 million+ will have to pay a levy of 0.5% to fund the government’s plans for new apprenticeships (a target of 3 million such starts by 2020).

HR analytics – the state of play

It seems that HR still have a job of work to do when it comes to persuading the business of the value of HR analytics as the CIPD/Workday HR Outlook survey reveals as mismatch between the views of HR and non-HR business leaders on their current and potential value.

Much tougher health and safety sentencing regime now in force

A mobile crane hire company has become the first company to be convicted of corporate manslaughter where a company driver was killed. The level of fine - £700,000 - is another reminder, says Dominic Watkins from DWF, of the increasing force with which the courts will continue to impose penalties now that new Sentencing Guidelines are in force

HR and employment law news in brief

A round up of some HR and employment law-related stories, other than those we’ve already covered, which have been making the news from 15 January to 28 January 2016.

Pensions: the scope of an employer’s duty of care

An employer had a ‘duty of care’ to provide its employee with important information on the tax implications of a decision he proposed to take about his retirement benefits.
Cherry v Police and Crime Commission of South Wales

NMW+ regulations published

The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 implement, from 1 April 2016, an enhanced national minimum wage (NMW) of £7.20 per hour for workers aged 25 and over and increase the maximum penalty for employers who breach NMW law.

Criminal records checks and minor convictions

The High Court has ruled that an aspect of the current criminal records disclosure scheme in England and Wales is ‘arbitrary’, unlawful and incompatible with article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Internal recruitment in the public sector

The public sector’s practice of recruiting from within its own ranks - what the government terms the last ‘closed shop’ - is the target of a new BIS investigation.

Pay data: January 2016

Various research organisations have published data on average pay settlements for the three/four months to the end of December 2015 along with predictions for 2016.

Immigration update

Further measures to restrict net migration have been proposed by a government advisory body, along with increased immigration fees, both of which are likely to take effect from April 2016. 

December 2015 inflation data

Consumer Prices Index inflation rose in the year to December 2015 to 0.2%. The detailed figures are as follows:

Monitoring of employees’ personal communications at work

Where an employer had a ban on personal use of company equipment and an employee denied using an e-mail account for personal reasons, it was not a breach of his right to a private life for his employer to access that personal account to disprove what he was saying. This does not mean that employers have the right to look at all private communications of their staff at any time.
Bărbulescu v Romania
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Wednesday, 03 February 2016

Mansplaining feminism

In November 2015 I broke down some of the most commonly used diversity and inclusion (D&I) terms including the difference between equality, diversity and inclusion, see ‘Diversity and inclusion ... in the beginning’. Here I pick up with a focus on the theme of gender and simplify five key phrases for discussing gender equality at work and beyond.

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