The top HR stories you may have missed this week

Listed below are the biggest stories you may have missed this week.

House of Lords ‘eye-opening’ report exposes flaws in IR35

The House of Lords has released a report which explores the roll-out of IR35 and “exposes the many flaws in the Government’s plans.”

The report named ‘Off-payroll working: treating people fairly’ which was published on the 27/04/20, urges the Government to look in to the IR35 flaws, and that a decision should be made in six months whether or not to enforce the delayed reforms in the private sector in 2021.

Employee engagement levels lower compared to 2008 financial crisis

COVID-19 has hit employee engagement levels worse than the financial crisis of 2008.

This is according to research conducted by Toluna and Harris Interactive, two providers of consumer intelligence.

Government immediately rejects Lords IR35 report ‘which exposes flaws’

The Government still intends to roll-out IR35 in 2021 despite the House of Lord releasing a report which “exposed the many flaws” of the legislation.

Jesse Norman, the financial secretary to the treasury indicated on the 27/04/20 in the House of Commons that the Government is still planning to introduce IR35 in to the Finance Bill 2020- 2021. Still, the amendment will need to be voted on and currently cannot due to the lockdown.

There were calls for remote working before COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 plenty of employees may find themselves working from home, however, it is worth remembering that this is something people were calling for since before the pandemic broke out as people believe it can increase wellbeing.

Daniele Fiandaca, co-founder at culture change business Utopia explains why his company operated a remote working system prior to the lockdown.

Mr Fiandaca said:

Utopia has operated remotely since its inception in 2017, simply because it felt like the right thing to do.

We wanted to ensure that the business was as agile (not having to pay rent during this period has certainly proven to be a perk) and inclusive as possible.

Doctors paid less than train drivers as key workers salary revealed

Despite doctors being seen as a pivotal key worker in the fight against COVID-19, they are paid less than train drivers who are paid the highest salary out of this new group.

Research from Glassdoor discovered that train drivers on average are paid £3,190 more than doctors.

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