Pay data: April 2015

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

Inadequacy of health and safety training led to liability for personal injury

An employer’s over-reliance on inadequate e-learning training and its failure to follow up contributed directly to a subsequent serious injury for which the employer was liable.
Milroy v BT plc
 
 

March 2015 inflation data

Consumer Prices Index inflation in the year to March 2015 was unchanged at 0.0%. The detailed figures are as follows:
 
 

Whistleblowing ‘in the public interest’

The test of whether a whistleblowing disclosure is ‘in the public interest’ is one of belief not of fact - in that a disclosure need not actually be in the public interest as long as the whistleblower reasonably believes it is.
Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed
 
 

Worker information and consultation

The EU Commission has started a consultation with the EU level social partners (representatives of employers and employees) to obtain their views on the possible direction of EU action aimed at strengthening the coherence and effectiveness of the existing EU laws on worker information and consultation at national level.
 
 

Director’s duty of confidentiality did not include a duty to return confidential documents

A non-executive director was not subject to an implied term to hand over confidential documents when his appointment was terminated.
Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd v Judge
 
 

Restricting access to benefits for sick staff may be disability discrimination

A policy of cutting off e-mail and intranet access to an employee on long-term sick leave which led to a failure to ensure the employee was kept informed of changes to his terms and conditions was a discriminatory failure to make reasonable adjustments.
Chawla v Hewlett Packard Ltd
 
 

New employment law legislation – but not quite yet

Among the raft of Bills which became law just before Parliament was prorogued are two – the Deregulation Act 2015 and the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 – some of whose provisions will have significant employment law implications, but not for a while. With the exception of one provision (and even that is only partial), none of the changes have yet come into force (contrary to what was originally stated for a week on the BIS website). They need what are called commencement orders to activate them. Much may therefore depend on the political make up and priorities of the next government. The proposed changes are summarised briefly below.
 
 

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:
 
 
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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Supporting a successful return to work after cancer

We all know that the incidence of cancer is increasing. Cancer Research UK recently reported that 1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. By 2030 it is estimated that there will be 4 million people living with cancer. So dealing effectively with cancer in the workplace and facilitating a successful return to work is becoming something HR professionals and line managers will increasingly want but also need to do (see also 'Managing cancer in the workplace').
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