Workers at a Belgian steel works thought Christmas had come early last month when they found an extra 30,000 Euros in their bank accounts. While many of the workers realised an error had been made others reportedly paid off debts and hit the casino. Unfortunately for them they are going to have to refund their employer as the payments were made in error.
Meanwhile the Persimmon boss, Jeff Fairburn, has reportedly been asked to leave the company after receiving a £75 million bonus. The furore over the payment is apparently damaging the company's reputation. Mr Fairburn was due to get £110 million but it was scaled back in the face of political and public outrage. The man replacing Mr Fairburn has had to manage with a mere £40.5 million bonus from the same incentive scheme.
However, those figures pale into insignificance compared to the pay rise given to Bet365 boss Denise Coates. The company accounts show her compensation, including dividends, came to £265 million, a pay rise of £48 million on the previous year.
Of course not everybody's salary level is splashed across the papers, but according to the Fawcett Society it is time for us all to be more transparent about our salaries in order to end a culture of pay secrecy that fosters pay inequality. However, a survey carried out on behalf of the Society has found that 61% are "uncomfortable" about the idea of asking others about their pay.
However, the ONS has found that the gender pay gap has fallen to its lowest level to date - figures show that in the year to April 2018 the average female employee earned 8.6% less than the average man, down from 9.1% last year, although the gap varies according to age with older workers being more likely to be underpaid.
Fancy your employer micro-chipping you? And yes, it is the same sort of thing that the vet pops into your dog in case he goes missing. If that doesn't sound too attractive to you, you are not alone. Both the CBI and the TUC are concerned about the possibility of staff being coerced into having the implants. The chips are though being promoted as a way of improving security in financial and legal firms. What happened to trust?
For those of us who have always struggled to get out of bed - research in a new book written by Dr Paul Kelley (who was the first teacher in England to move start times for lessons to 10am) confirms that a 10am start time would suit most adult's circadian rhythms too. According to Dr Kelley who is also a research associate in sleep science at the Open University, workers would be healthier, happier and more productive employees if they were allowed to operate according to their natural sleep times. Please make this the big employment law change of 2019…….