A run down on the top HR and Payroll news stories from the last week or so, from HR software provider Carval Computing Limited.
- 'Stressed' Zayn Malik quits One Direction but it 'can affect everyone', experts warn
- What HR can learn from Ed Sheeran
- Legislative changes see 75% rise in fine for hiring illegal workers
- BBC "had no choice" but to sack Jeremy Clarkson, say employment law experts
- Business welcomes women on boards progress
- Leaving the EU could impact skills and productivity, says Centre for Economic Performance
'Stressed' Zayn Malik quits One Direction but it 'can affect everyone', experts warn
Zayn Malik, one fifth of pop sensation, One Direction has quit the band, less than a week after being signed off with stress. However, after time away from his work, Malik has now taken the decision to leave the band forever “to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time”. But work-related stress isn’t an illness exclusive to the rich and famous. Earlier this year HR Grapevine reported that half of staff are on the brink of burnout, experiencing higher stress levels than just five years ago. Read more.
What HR can learn from Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is no stranger to awards and without a doubt is one of the most successful British musicians of his time. But he claims he wasn’t born with talent. In an interview with Jonathan Ross the singer/songwriter says: “When people say artists are born with talent, you’re not. You have to really learn and really practice.” At this, Sheeran then went on to play a recording of him singing badly from when he was younger. HR and L&D professionals can learn from this example when managing their own talent. It is a clear indicator that through development anyone can be a top performer. Read more.
British companies found to be employing illegal migrant workers were fined more than £24million in 2014 – a 75% increase on the previous year. Read more.
BBC "had no choice" but to sack Jeremy Clarkson, say employment law experts
The BBC 'had no choice" but to sack Jeremy Clarkson after he physically and verbally attacked producer, Oisin Tymon, according to leading employment lawyers. The BBC confirmed yesterday it would not be renewing the Top Gear presenter's contract following the attack, said to have begun after no hot food was provided after a day's filming. Tina Wisener, Partner at workplace law specialist Doyle Clayton, says: "The BBC really had no choice but to sack Clarkson. Physical assault on a colleague is grounds for dismissal for gross misconduct in itself. "However, Clarkson already had a final written warning following allegations of racism last year, meaning that any further act of misconduct could result in dismissal." Read more.
Business welcomes women on boards progress
The number of women on boards has almost doubled in the last four years since the Lord Davies target was set. In 2011 FTSE 100 companies only had 12.5% female representation. The latest annual report from Lord Davies found a 23.5% representation of women on boards. Lord Davies said the rate of change in the FTSE 100 companies is “remarkable” and “FTSE companies are now making real efforts to seek out and unleash the full extent of this talent.” Read more.
Leaving the EU could impact skills and productivity, says Centre for Economic Performance
Leaving the European Union would result in less skilled immigration and could result in slower productivity growth, says the Centre for Economic Performance in a background briefing on key policy issues for next month’s general election. Read more.