Dog loving Brits celebrate - paw-ternity leave is finally a reality! We start this month with reports that Aberdeenshire brewer Brewdog has introduced one week of paid leave for workers with puppies joining the family. The leave is intended to allow workers time to help their dogs to settle in at home. And if one week doesn't seem like very long, this workplace already has around 50 dogs attending the office, so no need for dogs to be left home alone in week two.
Boohoo is the most recent clothes retailer to allegedly be caught with poor employment practices. Channel 4 programme Dispatches named the company in an episode on 30 January alleging that employees could be disciplined for smiling, or checking the time.
And it has also been reported that many employers are failing to pay national minimum wage or the national living wage. The Government have named 360 businesses including Debenhams, Subway and Lloyds Pharmacy. However, the biggest offenders were employers in hairdressing, retail and hospitality. The companies named included accidental as well as intentional underpayments.
The BBC reported on a test they carried out that indicated that having an English sounding name improves your chances of getting an interview. Two CV's with identical experience and qualifications were sent out to 100 job vacancies. The CV that went under the name Adam Henton got 12 interviews while the CV that went under the name Mohammed Allam only got 4. This result is in line with similar larger academic studies and highlights how much work still needs to be done on equality in the workplace.