Policy News Journal - 2016-17

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals ……………………………………………………………Policy News Journal

The Review will also consider the effectiveness of current laws and how best to balance the rights of the individual with the responsibilities of the organisation. The Review has a broad remit, including:

 Employment law & discrimination including pregnancy discrimination, sexist dress codes, equal pay including pension provision  The application of the definition of indirect discrimination  Family friendly rights for parents and carers including possible consolidation  Harassment including on the internet and social media  Hate crime and its limits  Multiple discrimination, particularly intersectional discrimination and whether Section 14 of the Equality Act 2010 in its current form is sufficient  Public sector equality duty and specific duties  The balance of individual rights vs the responsibility of the organisation to promote equality  Access to justice.

Read more about the review from the Fawcett Society here .

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Paid Paw-ternity Leave 21 February 2017

Workers at a craft brewing company will be given a week of paid 'paw-ternity leave ' if they adopt a dog, to help them bond with their new arrival.

Aberdeenshire firm BrewDog has launched the Puppy Parental Leave programme for any new dog owners on the staff, whether they get a puppy or adopt an older rescue dog.

The brewery prides itself on being a dog-friendly workplace, and has around 50 office dogs.

It's hoped the scheme will help dogs settle into their new homes while their owner is around, making them feel at ease sooner. The scheme is due to open in the spring.

Company co-founder James Watt said:

“It's not easy trying to juggle work and settle a new dog into your life, and many members of our crew have four- legged friends at home. So we wanted to take the stress out of the situation and let our teams take the time they need to welcome their new puppy or dog into their family.

We always want to raise the bar when it comes to offering our staff the best possible benefits. At BrewDog, we care about two things above all else: People and beer. We also just really, really like dogs.”

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Work Your Proper Hours Day 22 February 2017

‘Work Your Proper Hours Day’ falls on Friday 24 February this year and is the day when the average person who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year, and starts earning for themselves.

According to a report from TUC workSMART over five million people at work in the UK regularly do unpaid overtime. In 2016 this gave their employers £31.5 billion of free work.

WorkSMART are advocating that long hours are not good for us:


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