Indirect discrimination by association

An individual may claim indirect discrimination under the Race Equality Directive by means of association with a group that is disadvantaged - even if the individual is not of the same ethnic or racial group.
CHEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD v Komisia za Zashtita ot Diskriminatsia

Pay data: July 2015

Various research organisations have published data on average pay settlements for the three/four months to June 2015 and there’s still no sign of any upward shift in pay deals.

Posted workers: implementing the enforcement requirements

The government is asking for views on how the Posted Workers Enforcement Directive should be implemented into UK law, which it must be by 18 June 2016.

The band of reasonable responses is not infinitely wide

The dismissal of a long-serving employee for a health and safety rule breach was unfair where the employers had effectively condoned the employee’s previous breaches.
Newbound v Thames Water Utilities Ltd

Trade Union Bill published

New restrictions on industrial action ballots and lifting the ban on using agency staff to cover for striking workers are among the proposals in a new Trade Union Bill.

June 2015 inflation data

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

Gender pay gap consultation published

An initial consultation on the design of the legislation to implement gender pay gap reporting for private and third sector organisations with 250 or more employees has been published.

Annual leave untaken because of sickness can be carried over for 18 months

A worker on sick leave can carry forward untaken leave into a new holiday year under the Working Time Regulations even if the worker was capable of taking annual leave. But this isn’t an unlimited right to carry over holiday into subsequent years indefinitely – the maximum period for which holiday could be carried over was 18 months from the end of the leave year in which the annual leave arose.
Plumb v Duncan Print Group Ltd

July 2015 Budget – an HR synopsis

Summarised below are some aspects of the July 2015 Budget of interest/relevance to HR covering the new National Living Wage; taxation, pay and benefits; apprenticeships; Sunday trading and pensions.

Fair dismissal despite procedural deficiencies and non-compliance with ACAS code

Neither procedural flaws nor the employer’s failure to comply with the ACAS code resulted in an employee’s dismissal being unfair.
Adeshina v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Reward management 2014-15

Despite improved economic conditions, organisations still aren’t positioning employee pay competitively at the top of the market, according to Reward Management 2014-15.

Revised Maternity Leave Directive finally abandoned

Given that the draft Maternity Leave Directive has been stuck in the EU legislative process since 2008, the Commission has officially withdrawn it, considering that any hopes of progress are impossible.
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Monday, 27 July 2015

Why HR should be brain-savvy

Working in HR can be a tough call. HR policies are supposed to deliver policies that support people and improve the bottom line. But instead these policies all too often result in devastating individuals or teams and destroying performance. This is not how it’s meant to be, but it does happen. 

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