Workers' rights

Calling pregnant employee ‘emotional’ was discrimination, tribunal rules

Describing a pregnant employee 'emotional and tearful' is pregnancy discrimination, an employment tribunal ruled.

Record high numbers of young people are on zero-hours contracts

The number of young workers on zero-hours contracts has reached a new record high, according to a study from The Work Foundation thinktank.

Spring Budget 2024: what HR wants

Ahead of the Spring Budget on 6 March, HR hopes that chancellor Jeremy Hunt will make changes to skills training, IR35, childcare and the regulation of umbrella companies.

Offer menopause support or risk discrimination claims, says new guidance

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has issued new guidance on menopause for employers.

What impact would a right to disconnect have?

Australia has just joined some other countries, including France, Spain, Portugal and Belgium, in adopting a ‘right to disconnect’ from work in various forms.

Could extending paternity leave help reduce the UK's gender pay gap?

The UK government recently announced it had no plans to increase paternity leave and pay.

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What lessons can HR learn from Amazon's €32 million employee monitoring fine?

Employee monitoring is a dynamic area with tools constantly advancing, enabling employers to measure the output and performance of employees more closely.

How to address silent burnout among frontline workers 

The new year sees many people take on new habits or ways of life. They want to get fit, or take a round-the-world trip, or maybe they want to go for a promotion at work or get a new job. In some...

Employment law updates for 2024

As we enter 2024 and prepare for the year ahead, HR professionals and business leaders will be gearing up for employment law changes coming into force that will have a practical impact on their...

Wales must enforce labour rights, says TUC

A study published by the Trades Union Congress found 58% of Welsh workers think workers need better protection from unfair exploitation.

Women are most likely to be underemployed, research finds

Women are among the groups of UK workers who are most likely to be affected by underemployment, according to research from the Underemployment Project, a sociological investigation of underemployment.

Who should get annual leave over Christmas?

As many workers would like to take annual leave around the festive period, HR can get caught in the middle. But are workers legally entitled to time off and should they be paid extra if they do work?