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  • 24 Oct 2014
    A recent case brought to Tribunal stems from an alleged simple act of omission. A Muslim employee claims she was not invited to the Company’s Christmas party because of her race and religion. The facts of the case are yet to become clear but it highlights how thoughtlessness may lead to discrimination and, worse still, creating a culture of discrimination, in the workplace. Employers must ensure that all employees are not only aware of, but are fully trained in, the Company’s Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying policy, so they fully understand how indirect or unintentional discrimination can arise.

  • 24 Oct 2014
    John Lewis is a partnership, but holiday rules apply in the same way as to limited companies and other employers, who should urgently consider their own risk of liability for underpayments …… as claims could go back as far as 1998. myHRdept, which exists to provide employment law and HR services to small employers, explains the issues, how to establish whether your company is at risk, and what to do if it is.

  • 21 Oct 2014
    The perks available to Silicon Valley staff are already known to be what every employee dreams of. Now, Facebook and Apple are offering female employees something a little different; the chance to delay motherhood by freezing their eggs. Egg freezing is the latest addition in Silicon Valley’s “perks arms race”. Tech companies compete to recruit from a small pool of skilled technology staff and are finding it particularly difficult to attract women. Apple has admitted that only 20 per cent of its engineers are female, and women leave tech companies at twice the rate of men. An Apple spokesman said of its new cryopreservation and egg storage programme “We want to empower women to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones.”

  • 16 Oct 2014
    Scientists claimed yesterday that it was possible that Sir Alan’s approach is not the best way to motivate staff. A study in the journal ‘Work and Stress’ has found that verbal abuse from bosses is more likely to make staff lazy and inefficient. With various management styles taking hold of effective working practices, it is important for employers to make sure that they, along with their managers, practice a suitable working style that is not seen as bullying or harassing staff.

  • 14 Oct 2014
    A survey of 10,000 workers revealed more than half thought technological breakthroughs will transform the way we work over the next five to ten years. Employment experts believe that working the traditional nine-to-five could soon become a thing of the past because of technological advances and changes to people’s working patterns. The global report, which surveyed workers and HR professionals in China, India, Germany, the UK and the US, found that two out of five people thought that traditional employment will simply not be around in the future.