HR headlines from the UK

From the Taylor Review to the apprenticeship levy, here’s what’s been happening this week

  1. Taylor review will ‘further complicate’ employment law

    Nearly a year after it was first announced, Matthew Taylor’s review into modern working practices was published this week, including a proposal to rename ‘worker’ status to ‘dependent contractor’. However, lawyers branded the idea “unclear and unnecessary”.

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  2. Working parents spend £1,800 a year on unnecessary childcare

    Research by Crossland Employment Solicitors discovered almost half (41 per cent) of parents are unaware they have a legal right to unpaid parental leave, meaning they could be shelling out on holiday clubs, nannies and nurseries when they don’t have to. In light of this, experts are calling on employers to do more to make sure working parents are aware of their rights.

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  3. Fifth of apprenticeship levy payers still don’t understand the scheme

    A study by the Open University discovered 18 per cent of employers required to pay the apprenticeship levy still don’t understand how it works, while a further 2 per cent are not even aware of it. Under the levy scheme introduced this April, businesses with a payroll of more than £3m are charged 0.5 per cent of their total wage bill. In return, the government adds 10p for every £1 spent training apprentices.

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  4. Half of employers forced to hire under-qualified staff

    The Open University Business Barometer found 90 per cent of businesses have struggled to find the right person to fill a vacancy in the last year, costing a total of £2.2bn in inflated salaries, increased recruiting costs and temporary staff. For 53 per cent of those surveyed, the skills shortages were so severe, they had had to employ somebody who was less qualified for a role than they had hoped.

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  5. Brain surgeon accused of fleeing to holiday island was unfairly dismissed

    After blowing the whistle on fellow doctors turning away NHS patients in favour of treating private clients, James Akinwunmi took an unpaid sabbatical and left for the Cayman Islands, where he has a practice. He argued, and the Employment Appeal Tribunal judge agreed, the hostile working environment had made it impossible for him to return.

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