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 20 May to 2 June 2016.

Here is just a selection of some of the stories which have caught our eye, and which we’ve covered on social media over the last two weeks. The full range can be seen on our social media channels –on Twitter (@HRBullets) and our company LinkedIn pages.


  • Presenteeism: perhaps it’s not all bad? Interesting contribution to the debate from this IES report.
  • Labour turnover: latest EEF data shows increase in turnover in the manufacturing sector, with a return to levels last seen in 2009.
  • Flexible working: while there’s been an increase in ‘quality’ jobs being advertised on a flexible working basis, it’s still less than 10% of advertised vacancies according to the Flexible Jobs Index 2016.
  • Self-certification: the BMA has wants the 7-day self-certification period extended to 14 days. The Faculty of Occupational Medicine isn’t convinced.
  • Cancer: research from Check4Cancer which contains some useful tips on handling cancer in the workplace.


  • ACAS conciliation: research paper from ACAS looking at the effects of its conciliation scheme on tribunal claims; headline claim is that it has helped prevent 7 out of 10’ potential tribunal claims. This blog is the counterpoint to it.
  • Non-compete clauses: BIS is exercised about the fact that such clauses are ‘stifling innovation’ and has issued a ‘call for evidence’. This has come in for a degree of criticism, perhaps best summed up in this article from Jonathan Chamberlain.
  • The investigator’s role: does the ACAS guide on conducting investigations give rather confusing, or even wrong advice? Darren Newman’s article thinks it does.
  • Shared parental leave: a perhaps not wholly unsurprising finding from XpertHR that the take up of SPL by employees is inextricably linked to whether or not employers enhance the SPL payable.