HR News

Pay data: July 2011

Latest pay figures from four pay research organisations for the three months to the end of June 2011 show a generally stable picture for pay settlements with fears that higher inflation will translate into upward pressure on pay largely unfounded. There remain however distinct differences in sectors.

HSE consults on recovering its costs

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has begun consulting on how it will recover its costs where it has to intervene where a breach of health and safety law is discovered – and the new scheme may be up and running as soon as April 2012.

Avoiding an Olympic absence issue

With a new survey showing that the vast majority of employers have yet to draw up a policy to cover it, ACAS has published useful new advice on avoiding absence-related problems during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Second corporate manslaughter case

A Manchester company is to be charged corporate manslaughter under the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007 – only the second such case to be brought under this Act.

Huge disability discrimination award

A branch manager for Jewson has been awarded nearly £400,000 by a tribunal when he was sacked after suffering a stroke. Mr Jones was working consistently long hours and not taking his full holiday entitlement. After he suffered a stroke his GP advised that he should avoid stressful situations at work. Jewson, seemingly taking the view that no role would be without stress, dismissed him 5 months later on grounds of incapacity. A tribunal, perhaps not surprisingly, said that his dismissal was unfair and amounted to disability discrimination because Jewson had not made any reasonable adjustments. Although his recovery was slow, Mr Jones in fact made a full recovery 11 months after the stroke. See comment by the law firm which acted for Mr Jones.

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