HR headlines from the UK

From failing leaders to contractors retiring early, here are five of the best articles from People Management’s UK edition this week

  1. Fewer than one in 1,000 employees have taken up shared parental leave

    When it was introduced in 2015, shared parental leave (SPL) was supposed to be a landmark policy which would help parents evenly spread caring for their child, rather than relying on maternity leave. However, just 54 of more than 56,000 people surveyed by Milners said they had taken up SPL, although the law firm did not track how many of the people it asked were new parents.

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  2. £25,000 for trainer who lost her job over her pregnancy

    Daniella Lewandowski told Leeds Employment Tribunal she had suffered “a year of hell” after Bradford District Apprenticeship Training Agency decided not to renew her contract after news of her pregnancy came to light. The tribunal said the agency’s behaviour was “substantially and procedurally unfair”, adding that firing an employee over pregnancy was a “serious act of discrimination”.

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  3. Eight signs you’re going to fail as a leader

    From not listening to your staff to failing to live up to your organisation’s vision, author and leadership consultant Kevin Murray shares the leadership traits which could secretly be demotivating your staff.

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  4. Public sector contractors opting to retire early rather than be caught by IR35 rules

    Since April, contractors and freelancers working in the public sector have had their tax status determined by the organisations hiring them, and the effects of the rule change are starting to make themselves apparent. A number of industry bodies have told People Management they have already seen public sector contractors leaving for the private sector or opting to shut down their business entirely.

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  5. Days lost to labour disputes almost doubled in 2016

    Although strike action in the UK is still at historic lows, the country lost 322,000 days to labour disputes last year. The NHS junior doctors’ strike helped to drive figures up, accounting for 129,000, or roughly 40 per cent, of total days lost in 2016. Frances O’Grady, general secretary at the Trades Union Congress, warned the government would need to address the continued squeeze on wages if it wanted to keep strikes to a minimum.

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