Religious festivals: no requirement to give employee five weeks off

An employment tribunal found that London Underground was entitled to turn down an employee’s request for five consecutive weeks’ annual leave in the summer to attend religious festivals. Stephen Simpson rounds up recent tribunal decisions. No religious discrimination over rejection of request for five weeks off in summer The employment tribunal decision in Gareddu v… Continue reading

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Three in five public sector organisations expect to downsize

Public sector cost cutting continues, but must be countered by upskilling staff Almost three in five (58%) public sector organisations expect their workforce to decrease in size over the next two to three years, according to Roffey Park research. Its annual Management Agenda survey found that 30% of not-for-profit firms, 18% in private services, and… Continue reading

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Gender pay gap reporting details released

The Office for National Statistics estimates that the pay gap currently stands at 19.2% in the UK Companies with more than 250 employees will be obliged to publish their gender pay gap data from April 2018, the government has announced. Large organisations will have to disclose how much they are paying in salaries and bonuses… Continue reading

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Universities leaders collect inflation busting pay rises, FOI request reveals

Vice chancellors well rewarded despite sector-wide budget cuts Pay for university vice chancellors (VC) continued to rise far above the rate of inflation during 2015-16 despite budgets cuts of £150 million across the higher education sector, research by the University and College Union (UCU) has revealed. In its second report into VC pay, the UCU… Continue reading

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New plans state UK companies must reveal gender pay gap

From 2018, organisations with over 250 people will have to reveal their gender pay gap. Bonuses, which are suspected to be a big factor of gender pay inequality, will also be included in the listings. Estimates from the Office for National Statistics suggests the pay gap currently stands at 19.2% for full- and part-time UK… Continue reading

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