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A third of businesses expect the four-day week to become a reality in the next ten years, new research shows

New CIPD research shows that a third of respondent organisations (34%) think the four-day week will become a reality in the UK for most workers within the next ten years. However, only a small minority of firms have moved towards the four-day week to date by reducing hours without reducing pay for their employees, or plan to do this over the next three years. 

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 25 November 2022

Pharmacy assistant gets £10k payout after unfair dismissal

In Miss M Yule v Health Hut Professionals Limited an employment tribunal has ruled that a pharmacy assistant is entitled to £9,867 from her former employer after it found she had been unfairly dismissed.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 24 November 2022

Chipboard firm fined £2.1m over worker death

A Scottish chipboard manufacturer has been fined £2.1m after health and safety failings led to the death of an employee. Norbord Europe, now part of Canadian firm West Fraser, was found guilty of two breaches of health and safety law at Perth Sheriff Court at the beginning of November.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 22 November 2022

Football mania – managing employment issues during the World Cup

The World Cup has begun and could present some challenges for employers to navigate but could also be an opportunity for employee engagement. Many employees will be following the tournament and employers will need to clearly communicate their expectations and boundaries.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 21 November 2022

MPs support the employment relations (flexible working bill)

Currently, under Part VIIIA of the Employment Rights Act 1996, employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service have the right to request a change to their working hours, times or location and have that request considered by their employer in line with a statutory Code of Practice. Employers are currently obliged to respond to such flexible working requests within three months.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 21 November 2022

Number of workers paid below the living wage projected to reach over 5 million next year

New research by the Living Wage Foundation demonstrates that, despite the number of workers earning below the real Living Wage standing at the lowest it has been in 10 years (3.5 million), this is a ‘lull before the storm’ with the number of jobs paying below the real Living Wage forecast to jump to 5.1 million next year as wages continue to lag behind inflation amid the cost-of-living-crisis.  

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 18 November 2022