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UK Employers Say Workers Are ‘Concerned’ For Their Jobs Following Brexit

UK Employers Say Workers Are ‘Concerned’ For Their Jobs Following Brexit

70% of UK employers have received concerns from workers over their job security following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to a report by CIPD. The survey of 387 UK employers, which asked ‘Is the Brexit decision affecting your staff’s sense of job security?’, revealed that 36% of business owners have received enquiries from staff about the future of their role. Another 36% of businesses owners confirmed that non-EU staff have expressed concerns about their right to work in the UK. The report also hinted that a misconception that larger businesses will be more ‘Brexit proof’ and remain more secure through economic uncertainty is likely to see an increase in small business employees looking for other jobs. The news comes less than a month after it was revealed that 25% of U... »

Wholesale Drive to Deregulate is Unfounded, says CIPD

The knee-jerk opposition of business lobby groups to many employment rights is misplaced, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has said. A new CIPD report entitled The economic rights and wrongs of employment regulation, (PDF) has questioned “the wholesale drive to deregulate” advocated by many business groups. The report highlighted that the UK still has the third least regulated labour market in the world according to the OECD. In addition, it stated that the rising numbers of employment tribunal claims were caused by an increase in multiple claims (where many employees are claiming in relation to what is in effect a single dispute with one employer) and the impact of the recession, which has seem more employees claiming unfair dismissal as businesses downsized. Th... »

Employers Policy on Royal Wedding Bank Holiday

Employers have been advised to clarify with staff now whether they can take the day off on Friday 29th April or risk confusion over working hours on the Royal Wedding bank holiday. By law, employers do not have to give employees paid time off for bank and public holidays. However, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) adviser Angela Baron said most firms would allow staff to take the day off. “In the spirit of things you should give people the day off if you possibly can. But there will be reasons why some businesses can’t just close down for the day, in which case you could operate a first–come–first–served basis or a lottery to see who will come into work that day.” Baron added that if employers need some staff to work on the day, they could ask for voluntee... »

CIPD: Spread out Bank Holidays, Increase Staff Attendance

Government proposals to move the May Day bank holiday to October could help reduce staff stress and boost attendance, HR experts have said. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport policy paper also suggested that the May Day holiday could be moved to create a “national day” on St George’s Day on 23 April in England and St David’s Day on 1 March in Wales. Tourism minister John Penrose said the move would encourage local tourism – See the Government Tourism Policy (PDF). Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) adviser, Angela Baron, said that breaking up the four-month gap between the August and December bank holidays could be beneficial for staff morale: “It seems logical to have the bank holidays spread out across the year. If having a bank holiday in Octobe... »

Private Sector “not interested” in Recruiting Former State Workers

More than half of firms in the private sector would not consider employing former public sector workers, as they don’t believe they have the right skills, Barclays research has revealed. The survey of 500 executives of UK businesses of all sizes by Barclays Corporate found 32% were “not at all interested” in employing public sector workers that have lost their jobs, and 25% said they were “not very interested” in employing them. The research also highlighted that small firms with a turnover of less than £5 million were the least interested in employing former state workers. Barclays Corporate managing director, Kevin Wall, said that there is an aversion to hiring public sector workers in some industries. “It’s short-sighted of employers not to be prepared to look more closely a... »

Private Sector Growth may not be Sufficient to create Jobs, warns CIPD

The UK job market will be hit hard if private sector growth even slightly misses official targets, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned. According to the employment group, economic growth needs to be at least 2.5% per year between now and 2015 in order for the private sector to create enough jobs to offset those that would be lost as a result of massive Government spending cuts. Growth even slightly less than this, between 2 and 2.5% a year, would “seriously diminish” overall job prospects, the CIPD warned.  Last month, the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecast the UK economy will expand by 1.3% in 2010, before rising to 2.6% in 2011 and 2.8% in 2012 and 2013. “Against the massive public sector job downsizing, it doesn’t take any... »

Manage Your World Cup Absences

Manage Your World Cup Absences

Free guide helps businesses prevent World Cup absences Employers can get advice to ensure this summer’s World Cup does not disrupt their business, following the publication of the free World Cup and absence management guidance by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The guide suggests strategies such as flexible working, shift swapping and unpaid leave could be used to allow employees to legitimately watch important matches when they would otherwise be working. This it says could prevent unauthorised absences which risk compromising the needs of business. The guide also states that special screenings of World Cup matches on work premises could help boost staff morale. Businesses are obliged to have an up-to-date TV licence if they do this. “Research sugg... »

Half SME Managers: No Formal HR Training

More than half of managers in small firms have no formal HR training, including chief executives, managing directors, line managers and personnel managers, research from consultancy firm Croner has revealed. The survey of 300 small business managers found that 60% have no formal training, but that one in ten are spending up to 15 hours a day, or two days a week, on HR. However, the research found that the effort put into managing staff is not adding to confidence, with 26% of those surveyed saying they are not sure if they are taking the right steps. Croner’s head of service development, Richard Smith, said that if managers get it wrong, the business could face an employment tribunal. “It is important that all companies adhere to HR processes,” he said. The survey also fo... »

Just Half of Employees Received Pay Rise in 2009

Just Half of Employees Received Pay Rise in 2009

Two thirds of employees received a pay rise last year, but just half received one in 2009, research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has highlighted. However, the survey also revealed that the number of employees who were satisfied with their pay rise has doubled since last year — from 31% to 62%. In addition, 41% of staff had their pay frozen this year, compared with 21% in 2008. “Businesses need to engage with staff and explain what their position is on salaries,” said HR consultancy firm the Efficiency Coach’s founder, Heather Townsend. “If a firm explains that times are still tough then employees are more likely to accept the situation than if a freeze is put in place when the indications given out are that a company’s... »

Holiday Sick Leave Ruling is Open to Abuse

Holiday Sick Leave Ruling is Open to Abuse

A legal ruling allowing staff to claim back holiday time lost to illness will expose employers to exploitation, business groups have warned. The ruling made by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) may mean that workers taken ill on holiday could claim time back from employers as sick leave. The judgement follows a case in which a Spanish council worker launched a legal action after being refused the right to alter holiday plans due to injury. The ECJ ruled that if a “worker does not wish to take annual leave during a period of sick leave, annual leave must be granted to him for a different period”. It was not specified when the worker would have to report his or her sickness to the employer, or at what point an illness could trigger the right to alter holidays. The Confederation... »

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