Hayley Smith was encouraged by her manager to apply for other jobs when she told her employer about her depression.
300,000 people with mental health leave their jobs each year a report says. This “Thriving at Work Report”, commissioned by Theresa May, makes 40 recommendations for how to support employees with mental health issues, including:
Creating a mental health at work plan
Building awareness by making information and support accessible
Provide good working conditions
Ensuring employees have a healthy work-life balance
Promoting effective people management and promoting conversation
Routinely monitoring of employee mental health
Mrs May said: “It is only by making this an everyday concern for everyone that we change the way we see mental illness, so that striving to improve your mental health – whether at work or at home – is seen as just as positive as improving our physical well-being.”
“Around one in nine of more than 3,000 mothers questioned said they had been dismissed, made compulsorily redundant, or treated so badly they felt they had to leave their job, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2015.”
A surprise ruling by seven justices overturned judgements by the High Court in 2013, unanimously backing the appeal by Unison that the fess were introduced unlawfully.
In July 2013 tribunal fees were introduced meaning claimants had to pay up to £1,200. Unison claimed these fees prevented thousands of employees, especially those on a low income, from “access to justice” if badly treated by employers.
Pressure mounts on the BBC for it to deal with the pay inequality, highlighted by their recent annual report, NOW rather than 2020. The BBC said this cannot be tackled overnight as the gender pay gap is complex, this follows a demand by high profile female TV personalities calling for immediate action.
Deliveroo have been accused of misinformation and making last minute changes to contracts in an effort to prevent riders from gaining better employment rights.
Deliveroo are being investigated whether they are independant contractors (as company argues) or whether they should be classified as workers in their own rights, with benefits including holiday pay and a national minimum wage.
UK Employers do not believe a bonfire of current EU employment law is necessary upon leaving the EU. A new report underlined support among employers in the UK for the UK’s employment rights framework including EU legislation.
A cross party group of MP’s are calling for the end to exploitative self employed contracts. A large number of self employed workers at companies including Deliveroo, Uber and Amazon are not entitled to holiday pay, pensions or other workers rights. These “free riding” employers are an extra burden on the welfare state whilst at the same time reducing the tax contributions which sustain it, said Frank Field of the Work and Pensions committee.