Large employers must spend 0.5% on
The Chancellor in his recent spending review
announced that large employers (those with
a wage bill of £3 million or more) will have
to commit to spend 0.5% of their payroll on
funding apprenticeships from April 2017. The
Government estimates that this will affect less
than 2% of UK employers.
Prosecution of ex-City Link Directors fails
The case brought against three ex-directors of
City Link has failed. It was brought following
their failure to promptly inform the Secretary
of State of its proposals to make 2,000
redundancies. The judge ruled that the three
defendants had every hope of saving City Link
and its workforce by placing the company into
administration and notified the Government
when it became clear that this would not
£9 million illegal working penalties issued in
In the first three months of 2015, the total
number of fines issued to employers for
employing workers without the right to work in
the UK was £9 million.
British Bill of Rights will replace Human
The Government has delayed starting a 12
week consultation about its decision to abolish
the Human Rights Act and to replace it with
a new Bill of Rights to give it further time to
consider the issues.
Only eight financial penalties ordered
Since 2014, Tribunals have been able to
impose financial penalties of up to £5,000 on
employers who breach workers’ rights where
there is some form of “aggravating conduct”.
Despite this, only eight penalties have been
ordered and of these, six remain unpaid.
Recruitment is not ‘name blind’
The Government has announced that a number
of large private and public sector organisations
(who together employ 1.8 million employees
in the UK) have committed to name-blind
recruitment processes following research which
showed that people with “white sounding”
names are nearly twice as likely to get call-backs
as those with “ethnic sounding” names. This
means that applicants’ names will not be visible
on application forms. It is hoped that this step
will help improve diversity.
Grandparents to get shared parental leave
The Government has announced that the
right to take shared parental leave will be
extended to grandparents. It is not yet known
if mothers will only be able to select one
person to share the leave with (which would be
relatively straightforward if this simply included
the option of selecting a grandparent rather
than their partner) or if grandparents can be
chosen as well as the partner (which would be
extremely complicated and potentially involve
three different employers).
easyJet compensates staff for
underpayment of holiday pay
easyJet has agreed to include commission in
calculating cabin crews holiday entitlement
and will also compensate eligible staff for
underpayment of holiday for the two preceding
62% of employers approve National Living
Research by Group Risk Development has found
that 62% of employers said that they agreed
with the introduction of a mandatory National
Living Wage of £7.20 an hour in April 2016
for employees aged 25 and over. The research
was undertaken in September 2015 among a
sample of 501 UK businesses with between 5
and 1,000 employees.
Zero hours guidance published
The Government has published guidance for
employers on the use of zero hours contracts
which sets out when they should, or should not,
be used. Employers are not obliged to follow
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