Workplace Report September 2018

Sick pay - Workers need the security of an income when off sick. Workplace Report surveys the arrangements of 78 collectively agreed sick pay schemes; Pay ratios - The Equality and Human Rights Commission wants the disability and ethnicity pay gaps in large organisations to be calculated and reported on; Latest case law on contracts of employment and tribunal procedures

Pay and prices

It’s back to as you were for pay deals after a dip in July.
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It’s back to as you were for pay deals after a dip in July.
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Labour Research Department’s Payline Database 
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Percentage increases on lowest basic rates (by agreements covered)
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Average weekly earnings (AWE)
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Regular pay excluding bonuses. Percentage annual increases 
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Full-time weekly average earnings
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All workers £569.10 All male £611.60 All female £510.40 Managers £852.10 Professionals £758.00 Assoc professional £626.20 Admin & ...
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Median increases for three months to August 2018 ...
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Prices (77 words)

1 Retail Prices Index (RPI), 
Jan ’87=100 ...
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2018 forecasts (39 words)

1 Fourth quarter ...
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Bargaining news

Labour Party plans big changes to worker rights 
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It’s party conference time and there’s also talk of a general election, so what would a change of government mean for workplace bargaining? 
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Interim rise of 2% for firefighters— but that’s not the final deal
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Negotiations to put a longer term pay deal in place in the fire service are continuing. Employers have proposed an interim pay uplift of 2.0%, which ...
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No to MoJ five-year pay offer
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Plans by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to introduce changes to pay, grading and employment terms, under a five-year pay deal, have run into strong ...
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Scottish local government 
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Unions representing council staff in Scotland are recommended that members reject the latest pay offer from the employers’ association COSLA, 3% ...
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Senior civil servants
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The government has refused to accept in full all of the recommendations of the Senior Salaries Review Body, echoing its approach this year to other ...
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Pension membership
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The number of workers who belong to occupational pension schemes has continued to grow, following the spread of auto-enrolment to even the smallest ...
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Flak flies over 3% NHS pay 
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The complexity of this year’s Agenda for Change NHS pay deal for England has contributed to an unprecedented row in the Royal College of Nursing ...
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Parents who lose child entitled to paid leave
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A workplace right to paid leave for bereaved parents has become law .
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Rise in tribunal claims
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Union arguments that employment tribunal fees were deterring workers from pursuing cases seem to have been justified.
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NHS subsidiaries
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Health service workers have claimed a “significant victory” after NHS Improvement, the national body that oversees NHS trusts, ordered them to ...
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Equality news

Employers need to become more age-friendly
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One in seven older employees believe that since turning 50 they have been turned down for a job due to their age, reveals a survey commissioned by ...
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Parents see ‘eye-watering’ rise in childcare bills
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Working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees rise three times faster than their wages over the past decade, according to the ...
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UK’s most family-friendly employers
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Barclays Bank, the Crown Prosecution Service and Southdown Housing were three of the organisations to be named among the top 10 employers for ...
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Learning and training news

Positive effects of union learning
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Union-led learning increases union membership, encourages people to become more active in their union, and is also good value for money, according to ...
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Recruitment and organisation news

TUC campaign priority is to expand union membership
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Getting more working people into trade unions — and extending the reach of collective bargaining — is to be the TUC’s top campaign priority for ...
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Albert Hall staff put claim to CAC
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The BECTU entertainment section of Prospect union has submitted a formal claim to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) for recognition at ...
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European news

 signs union deals but problems persist
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Ryanair, the Irish-based low cost airline, which until last year refused to talk to unions, has now signed deals with pilots’ unions in both ...
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Revised French labour law a year on
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Almost a year after the government led by Emmanuel Macron introduced major changes to key aspects of France’s labour law, the ministry of labour ...
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Czech public sector pay
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The Czech government has agreed a deficit budget for 2019 which will produce an average increase of around 8% for public sector workers, with ...
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Threat to minimum wage in Romania (122 words)

Eugen Teodorovici, the Romanian minister of finance, has suggested that the national minimum wage should be scrapped for the private sector. 
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Minimum wage to rise in Poland
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In 2019, the national minimum wage in Poland will be 2,250 zł (€524 or £463) a month — a 7.1% increase on the 2018 figure of 2,100 zł. ...
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Law - Contracts

Contracts - the law (341 words)

Employment rights depend, as a minimum, on the presence of an “employment relationship”. There are important legal distinctions between an ...
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Supreme Court confirms ‘self-employed’ plumber is worker
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Gary Smith worked as a plumber for Pimlico Plumbers (Pimlico) for six years, until he had a heart attack and asked to cut his days from five to three. ...
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Regular voluntary overtime included in holiday pay
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This case was brought by NHS ambulance crew at the East of England Ambulance Trust (the Trust) and concerned two questions about holiday pay and ...
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Court ruling on minimum wage sleep-in shift a 'huge mistake'
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In an unexpected decision, the Court of Appeal (CA) has ruled that in general, sleep-in shifts by care workers of vulnerable people do not attract ...
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Law - Tribunal procedures

Employment tribunals - the law (591 words)

Nearly all tribunal claims must be brought within three months less one day of the matter complained of. Tribunals can extend the time limit in an ...
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Underhand advice meant loss of legal professional privilege
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X was a senior solicitor in a city solicitors’ firm. He suffered from Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnoea and was disabled. 
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No time extension for appeal ‘lost in the post’
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Mr Haydar issued an unsuccessful tribunal claim against the NHS Trust where he worked as a doctor, as an unrepresented litigant. 
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Health & safety news

Harassment just one of issues on unions’ radar
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Psychosocial hazards including bullying, harassment, violence, and stress and mental health issues are all high on union health and safety agendas ...
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Free flu jabs in the post
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All Royal Mail and Parcelforce staff are to be given vouchers for flu jabs this month as a result of an agreement reached between the CWU ...
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Noise regulations
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The Musicians’ Union has issued guidance on the noise regulations and warned employers to review their health and safety procedures.
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Amazon protest
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Earlier this month, the GMB general union protested outside the huge Amazon warehouse at Rugeley in Staffordshire over the terrible conditions inside. ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Austerity and HSE job cuts threaten regulation
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Government austerity policies and Brexit are threatening social, safety and environmental regulation, according to a professionals’ union Prospect ...
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Ban glyphosate, says GMB
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The GMB general union has called on the HSE to ban glyphosate, the key ingredient in the most commonly used weedkiller in the world, before more ...
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Government should measure good work
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A joint report by the charity Carnegie UK Trust and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Measuring good ...
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Laser and drone offences
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Pilots’ union BALPA has welcomed a new government consultation on extending stop and search powers for police to cover laser and drone offences. ...
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New experts for HSE
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The HSE has appointed two new experts to its independent Workplace Health Expert Committee, which provides independent opinion to the safety ...
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Workers want some income security when off sick 
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Sickness absence levels have fallen but the ability to take paid time off work to recover from ill health is as important as ever, particularly with ...
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Commission wants pay spotlight to move onto disability and ethnicity
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has warned that ethnic minority and disabled people’s careers are at risk because employers are ...
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