A quarter of new dads are missing out on paternity leave and pay, says TUC
Jun18

A quarter of new dads are missing out on paternity leave and pay, says TUC

As many UK families will be enjoying Father’s Day today, some sobering analysis published today by the TUC found that one in four men who became fathers in 2016 didn’t qualify for paternity leave or pay. In 2016 there were around 625,000 working dads around the UK with a child under one. However, a quarter of them (25%) – more than 157,000 new fathers – did not qualify for the up to two weeks’ statutory paternity leave and...

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Teacher & pupil risks ‘under-reported’ as 86% of school workplaces found to have asbestos
May22

Teacher & pupil risks ‘under-reported’ as 86% of school workplaces found to have asbestos

NAHT is a member of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC), which is campaigning to make schools safe from the dangers of asbestos. Asbestos is present in 86 per cent of schools. Since 1980, there have been 319 teacher deaths from mesothelioma (a cancer caused by asbestos fibres); on average 17 teachers now die every year from mesothelioma, compared to 3 per year in 1980.  It is estimated that up to 300 people a year die as adults,...

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TUC analysis finds home-working up by 152,000 over the last year
May19

TUC analysis finds home-working up by 152,000 over the last year

The number of employees who usually work from home increased by 152,000 last year, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Friday) to mark National Work From Home Day. The analysis shows that more than 1.6 million employees (1 in 16) worked from home in 2016 – an increase of 7.7% on the year before. The analysis reveals that: Women have seen the biggest rise: The number of women working from home has increased by 10.5%...

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Latest ONS figures show pay and productivity falling despite strong employment
May17

Latest ONS figures show pay and productivity falling despite strong employment

Today’s latest ONS statistics once again show employment has continued to increase and unemployment has fallen to the UK’s lowest rate since 1975. However, that positive news is overshadowed by confirmation that real regular pay is now falling, with a 0.2% drop in the last three months, and UK productivity continues to struggle. We share reactions from the HR World:   Gerwyn Davies, Labour Market Adviser at the CIPD,...

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International study finds UK lags behind EU in protection for insecure workers
May04

International study finds UK lags behind EU in protection for insecure workers

UK tops EU league table for growth in self-employment UK ranks third in EU for growth of temporary workers Legal protections for insecure workers are poor in UK compared to other EU countries A new study published yesterday by the TUC reveals that the UK has seen significant growth in insecure forms of employment compared to other EU countries. And it links the growth to relatively weak legal protections for those in bogus...

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Women’s safety is being disregarded when it comes to PPE, warns TUC
May02

Women’s safety is being disregarded when it comes to PPE, warns TUC

Less than one in three women are given protective clothing and equipment specifically designed for women, according to a report published by the TUC last Friday. So why do employers need to consider men and women differently when it comes to PPE? “PPE cannot protect a worker from hazards if it does not fit. Equipment designed for men may not fit women properly due to differences in body size, height and composition”, says...

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TUC warns of potential increase in insecure employment
Apr27

TUC warns of potential increase in insecure employment

Despite an announcement this week by Macdonalds that it will give employees on zero hour contracts an opportunity to switch to guaranteed hours, the TUC has warned that 290,000 more people could be trapped in insecure work by 2022 if current trends continue. This is equivalent to thirteen extra Sports Directs, or the entire working population of Sheffield. The figures show that by the start of 2022, 3.5 million people could be in...

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New ONS stats show low unemployment – but CIPD warns of ‘pay squeeze’
Apr12

New ONS stats show low unemployment – but CIPD warns of ‘pay squeeze’

The Office for National Statistics has today released UK Labour Market statistics for the three months ending February 2017. The figures show: The unemployment rate was 4.7% in the 3 months to February 2017, down from 5.1% a year earlier; it has not been lower since June to August 1975. Strong demand for labour is translating into a shift from part-time to full-time employment, and an increase in the average hours worked per week by...

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Gender pay reporting goes live – HR reacts
Apr06

Gender pay reporting goes live – HR reacts

Thousands of employers will publish their gender pay gap figures for the first time from today, helping break the glass ceiling and create a more modern workforce. The UK is one of the first countries in the world to require gender pay gap reporting and follows the government’s commitment to introduce the requirements at the last election. This is a key part of the government’s work to eliminate the gender pay gap. Voluntary, private...

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O’Grady claims younger workers ‘get a raw deal’ as under 20’s see real term wages drop
Apr06

O’Grady claims younger workers ‘get a raw deal’ as under 20’s see real term wages drop

The national minimum wage for workers aged 16-20 is worth less in real terms than it was in 2008, TUC analysis has revealed. 16-17 year olds working a 40 hour week on the minimum wage are £300 worse off a year in real terms since 2008. 18-20 year olds are £250 worse off a year. In the same period, rates for employees over 20 have exceeded inflation, resulting in real gains in their incomes. Today the minimum wage for over 25s will...

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Great Repeal Bill on leaving EU needs to ‘fully protect’ worker rights, says TUC
Mar30

Great Repeal Bill on leaving EU needs to ‘fully protect’ worker rights, says TUC

A white paper on the Great Repeal Bill will be published today following the trigger of Article 50. The bill is necessary to fill the legal gap after the UK leaves the EU and will repeal the European Communities Act which says EU law is supreme to the UK’s. This means that laws and regulations made while the UK was part of the EU will continue to apply, but they will become British laws rather than EU ones. It will also set out...

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TUC: we need to protect workers from post-Brexit racism
Mar28

TUC: we need to protect workers from post-Brexit racism

“34% of BAME adults have witnessed or experienced racial abuse” Over a third (34%) of Black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following the Brexit vote in June 2016, a TUC poll has found. The ICM/TUC poll of over 1,000 BAME working adults also found that since the referendum: 1 in 5 BAME people (19%) have suffered or witnessed racial assault 2 in 5 (41%) have...

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Mother’s Day on Sunday, but UK in the ‘relegation zone’ for decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, warns TUC
Mar24

Mother’s Day on Sunday, but UK in the ‘relegation zone’ for decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, warns TUC

New mums in UK receive just  6 weeks of decently-paid maternity leave (90% of full pay) Only mothers in Ireland and Slovakia have worse decently-paid entitlement Croatia tops table with 6 months’ decently-paid leave UK mums get one of the lowest amounts of decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, according to new TUC analysis published today (Friday) ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday (26 March). The UK ranks 22 out of 24 amongst...

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Are zero hour contracts creating ‘disposable labour’?
Mar16

Are zero hour contracts creating ‘disposable labour’?

Worrying new figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of people on zero-hours contracts has increased by by 13% over the past year to reach a record 905,000. Some workers actually prefer the flexibility of a zero hour contract but The Resolution Foundation says that overall workers on such contracts face a significant pay penalty – typically earning £1,000 a year less. Despite the rise...

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More people in work, and less people unemployed – but real wages are falling despite living wage, says CIPD
Mar16

More people in work, and less people unemployed – but real wages are falling despite living wage, says CIPD

New estimates from the Labour Force Survey released this week show that, between August to October 2016 and the 3 months to January 2017, the number of people in work increased, the number of unemployed people fell, and the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also fell. However, according to HR commentators, while employment levels are good, the picture may not...

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