direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news in the UK, we take a look at the latest employment law-related headlines to hit the media between 30 September 2013 and 6 October 2013, including criticism over the Government’s approach to the zero hour contracts, Liverpool Football Club at an Employment Tribunal hearing and Nick Clegg calling for openness regarding the gender pay gap

  1. Government ‘has its head in the sand’ over extent of zero hours – The Government is failing to recognise the true extent of workers employed on controversial zero-hours contracts, by continuing to use data that is acknowledged by the Office for National Statistics – which publishes the statistics – to understate the problem, according to MPs and campaigners (The Independent)
  2. Liverpool secrets set to be spilt as axed chauffeur takes club to employment tribunal – Liverpool, whose internal dealings have been constantly in the spotlight, be it through TV documentaries or the fall-out from big disciplinary issues, face more potentially awkward exposure at an employment tribunal scheduled for October 16 (The Mail Online)
  3. Hung-over police are ‘phoning in sick, says chief constable – Stephen Kavanagh, chief constable of Essex Police, promised a crackdown on sickness levels in his force, where each officer takes an average of 12 days’ sick leave a year (The Telegraph)
  4. Worker claims he was ‘bullied’ by housing trust over ‘rude’ email – A union steward has taken the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust to a work tribunal after they disciplined him for a ‘threatening’ email complaining about a change from a four-day to a five-day week (Bucks Herald)
  5. Muslim employees in landmark win on religious discrimination – Two Muslim men working for Tesco have won a case of religious discrimination after having access to the on-site prayer room restricted (The National Secular Society)
  6. Birmingham City Council to settle 11,000 equal pay claims – Birmingham City Council and the joint trade unions have reached an agreement to settle equal pay claims brought mainly by female employees who missed out on bonuses (BBC)
  7. NHS pay proposal criticised by health unions – Unions have criticised government moves to halt a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff in England. The Department of Health said the increase was unaffordable alongside the current system which sees many staff automatically receive incremental annual rises (BBC)
  8. Nick Clegg calls for more openness on gender pay gap – Women should “feel free” to ask their employers how much they earn in comparison to their male colleagues, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says (BBC)
  9. Usdaw welcomes an increased minimum wage but warns Govt to tackle cost of living crisis – From Tuesday 1 October 2013 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will rise in accordance with the recommendations set out by the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC) in April this year (Politics Home)
  10. Many women are in low-paid jobs and are far less likely than men to be in charge: ONS study says progress to gender equality at work has stalled in last 20 years – Progress towards a more equal workplace has slowed in the last two decades, according to official figures, which show that women have only been inching forwards since the 1990s (The Independent)

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