HR and recruitment in 2019 – what’s coming up this year?
With 2019 upon us it’s important for HR professionals to understand what the year ahead has in store.
Hopefully the below will help you make your plans for your next 12 months.
- Settled status for EU nationals
European workers currently living in the UK who want to remain working in the UK after the Brexit transition period ends will have to apply for settled status. Those who are eligible must provide evidence they have been in the UK for five years. The EU Settlement Scheme will be open from March 30 with the deadline being June 2021. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families
- Changes to payslips
On April 6 the way employers issue payslips will change. This change to payroll means all workers including permanent, casual and zero hours will need to be provided with fully itemised payslips. All employers will need to issue their workers with payslips detailing how payment was calculated. For more information on the new regulation read http://www.fcsa.org.uk/worker-rights-upcoming-changes-to-itemised-payslips/
Gender Pay Gap Reporting
Once again, organisations with more than 250 employees must publish gender pay gap figures by April 4, 2019. By way of a follow up to last year’s numbers it will be interesting to see how disparities have been addressed. There were plenty of headline grabbing figures – have the steps taken made a difference? Check out this article from Personnel Today for more on this year’s gender pay gap reporting https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/gender-pay-gap-reporting-how-to-get-it-right-for-2019/
CEO pay gap reporting
In addition to the gender pay gap reporting, legislation is coming into effect in 2019 regarding the CEO pay gap. This is the discrepancy between top executives and the ‘average’ worker. While the reporting of these figures isn’t mandatory until 2020, businesses with more than 250 employees need to abide by the regulation this year.
Further developments on National Minimum Wage for ‘sleep in workers’
Back in June the Court of Appeal found care sector employees who stay at a patient’s house overnight are only entitled to the national minimum wage while they are carrying out their duties, not for the full duration of the evening. While this is more of a precedent than an outright ruling expect similar deliberations over the next 12 months to come to the same conclusion. For more information check out the ruling here: https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8243
With the news in November that a number of UK businesses were looking into the possibility of microchipping their employees, we can expect further clarification on the legal and ethical implications of any such developments in 2019. This is a highly controversial topic and despite the goals of such a move; security; efficiency accountability, being mostly positive, expect a lot of coverage and criticism should this topic come to the fore in 2019.
There is plenty of scrutiny on work place NDAs at the moment and we can expect significant movement on this issue over the next 12 months. Originally intended as a way of keeping trade secrets and protecting a business’ intellectual property, NDAs have been in the headlines as so called ‘gagging orders’ surrounding accusations of sexual and workplace harassment used to silence claims. So, while there is a need for a tool for businesses to protect themselves the nature and scope of NDAs may change in 2019.