The Guardian reports that Next is facing an equal pay claim from female shop floor staff. More than 300 workers have registered to take part in a claim filed at the conciliation service Acas, according to the paper. They say they are paid £7.50 an hour, an average £2 less than the mainly male warehouse staff who they view as doing work of equal value. The average salary difference for the group is about £6,000 and it is expected that 3,000-5,000 workers will sign up to the group claim, which could take it to £30m.

The Guardian, Page: 41

Posted 08/03/2018

Trade unions have warned that workers’ rights could suffer if Britain leaves Europe’s single market and instead joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership after Brexit. TUC general secretary Frances Barber said the trading pact “allows labour abuses, it puts public services at risk and it gives too much control to corporations.”

The Guardian, Page: 7

Posted 04/01/2018


Margot James, the business minister, has warned that employers are discriminating against fathers at work by refusing requests for flexible hours, forcing mothers to do more childcare. She told MPs at the Women and Equalities Committee that rigid attitudes are bad for fathers as they get less time with their families, while women also lose out in their own careers as a result. Ms James said: “One of the reasons employers are less generous to fathers is that they are not so sure of their legal obligations to fathers as they are to mothers. They think they can stand in the way more of what fathers need to do at home, and that is wrong.”

The Daily Telegraph, Business, Page: 4


Posted 27/11/2017

Two thirds of British workers would prefer to start and end their working day earlier than the traditional 9am to 5pm, a new survey has found. YouGov said starting at 8am and finishing at 4pm was the most popular option, chosen by 25% of respondents. Another 13% said they would prefer to work 8.30am to 4.30pm, while 10% favoured 7am to 3pm.

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Posted 14/11/2017

A £5m Government Returnships fund is offering a range of programmes aimed at helping people return to work. The schemes are for teachers, social workers, health professionals and civil servants, and are open to both genders, but many of those taking up the offer are expected to be women who have taken time out to bring up their children.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 4

Posted 28/08/2017


Women’s rights groups have expressed concerns that Brexit could roll back decades of meaningful advances for working women. The Fawcett Society and more than a dozen other women’s groups and political parties are calling for an amendment to the Repeal Bill that would officially adopt the current EU-levels of employment rights and protections. Although Theresa May has promised to maintain women’s rights, including the length of paid maternity leave, exiting the EU opens the door for “a change of heart once the bulwark that EU law provides is gone”, said Michael Newman, a partner at Leigh Day. EU negotiators are also applying pressure, warning the UK that cutting worker protections would amount to “regulatory dumping”.

The Independent, Page: 36

Posted 15/07/2017

Employers who search out the social media profiles of jobseekers and employees have been warned that they are breaking data protection laws. The Information Commissioner’s Office and other national data watchdogs have declared that excessive monitoring of job applicants and employees on Facebook and Twitter could fall foul of privacy rules that limit how companies may process personal information. Regulators say any data collected must also be “relevant to the performance of the job”. According to the recruitment website CareerBuilder, 70% of employers use social media to check candidates, up from just 11% in 2006.

Financial Times, Page: 4   Independent I, Page: 49   The Daily Telegraph, Page: 9

Posted 14/07/2017


A father has successfully sued his employer for failing to give him full paternity leave rights. Madasar Ali, a call centre worker, was told by Capita that he would receive only two weeks of full pay, whereas women were entitled to 14 weeks. The tribunal ruled the policy flouted the 2010 Equality Act, plus regulations on shared parental leave from 2015. The case is the first to be won by a man in England under shared parental leave laws introduced two years ago. A hearing to decide on compensation for Mr Ali is set to take place in the near future, but Capita has said it would appeal against the judgment.

The Sun, Page: 22   The Daily Telegraph, Page: 12   The Times, Page: 21

Posted 12/06/2017


The advocate general of the European court of justice has advised that workers are entitled to paid leave and can claim compensation if they are not allowed to take their holidays. The decision relates to the claim by a UK window salesman, Mr King, against Sash Window Workshop Limited, seeking compensation from the company for holiday pay he had never received over a 13-year period.

The Guardian, Page: 9

Posted 09/06/2017


Citizens Advice has claimed that hundreds of thousands of people are missing out on the 28 days’ paid holiday to which all full-time workers are entitled. The charity said that some employers mistakenly, and illegally, told staff that they were not entitled to any paid holidays because they were on zero-hours contracts or could only have fewer days than they were due. It also found some firms had made paid holiday conditional on meeting targets, and had refused requests for paid leave by citing “business needs.” The most common example was treating people as self-employed when they were in effect a full-time employee, which Citizens Advice said could affect up to 460,000 workers. The charity wants the government to redefine self-employment in law and for employment tribunal fees to be reduced to £50 from their present range of £390 to £1,200.

The Times, Page: 9

Posted 08/05/2017