In our current Monthly recap HR blog Newsletter – October 2023 we have:
- Former male ‘period dignity officer’ settles discrimination case.
- More workers quit over climate.
- Sexism in the City inquiry begins.
- Lidl worker awarded £50,000 in sexual harassment case.
- Acas says companies should provide menopause awareness training for managers.
- UK migration advisers call for tighter foreign worker rules.
- NHS staff granted ‘safe space’ powers to speak out about mistakes.
Former male ‘period dignity officer’ settles discrimination case | Consensus HR | Herts, Beds
A male “period dignity officer” who lost his job after a global backlash has settled his sex discrimination case out of court. Jason Grant, a former personal trainer, sued the partnership that hired him last year. The £35,000-a-year role was abolished weeks later after claims of threats and abuse.
More workers quit over climate | Consensus HR – Herts
A growing number of workers are making the decision to walk out of companies whose environmental values don’t align with their own. According to research by carbon removal marketplace Supercritical, 35% of UK office workers surveyed said they were willing to quit their jobs over weak climate action from their employers.
Sexism in the City inquiry begins | Consensus HR – Herts, Beds
An inquiry into Sexism in the City begins today and will examine whether the position of women in financial services has changed in the past five years. The Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority are also looking at the issue and are considering proposals for organisations to be more transparent about their diversity and inclusion practices
Lights, camera, take action for World Mental Health Day | Consensus HR – Herts, Beds
World Mental Health Day was marked on 10 October and has been celebrated for over 30 years. However, while awareness and acceptance of stress and mental health may be increasing, action – particularly prevention – is not.
Lidl worker awarded £50,000 in sexual harassment case | Consensus HR – Herts, Beds.
A tribunal has ruled in favour of Maddie Hunter, a former teenage assistant at a Lidl supermarket in Oxfordshire who was sexually harassed by the store’s deputy manager. Hunter was subjected to inappropriate comments and advances, and when she complained, she was told to treat it as a compliment.
Acas says companies should provide menopause awareness training for managers. | Consensus HR – Herts, Beds
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) says companies should provide awareness training for managers about the menopause. Advice for companies includes making practical changes at work to help staff manage their symptoms, such as the availability of cold drinking water and temperature control, and how to handle the issue “with sensitivity.” Susan Clews, chief executive of Acas, said: “British businesses overwhelmingly feel that it is important to support women experiencing menopause at work
UK migration advisers call for tighter foreign worker rules | Consensus HR – Herts, Beds
The UK’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on Tuesday recommended abolishing one of the main routes for businesses to hire migrant workers in sectors where there are severe staff shortages, arguing that the current system was liable to drive down wages and leave workers open to exploitation.
NHS staff granted ‘safe space’ powers to speak out about mistakes | Consensus HR – Herts, Beds
NHS staff will be able to speak out about mistakes without fear of reprisal for the first time, thanks to the Health Services Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB). The HSSIB has been granted “safe space” powers, meaning that any testimony or evidence given to it will not be handed over to another agency unless the High Court rules that it must.
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