The top HR stories you may have missed this week

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

Today is the most depressing day of the year, ‘Blue Monday’

The 20/1/20 was “Blue Monday”, the day regarded as the most depressing day of the year due to different factors such as the grim weather, limited finances following Christmas and the guilt from already failed New Year’s resolutions.

January as a whole is viewed as a tough month for employees due to similar reasons, but the third Monday of the month is viewed as the worst day for motivation, productivity and happiness in the office.

Coalition of recruiters ask chancellor to push back IR35 to 2021

A joint letter from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and 14 UK recruiters has been sent to Sajid Javid stating that the limited review of IR35 currently in process will not achieve much change and to delay the implementation until 2021.

Employers missing out by not communicating employee benefits

Just over a fifth of employers are communicating their employee benefits before the first day of employment, which is leading to businesses missing out on a “trick” as they prove a company cares for its staff.

This is the opinion of GRiD, who found that only 22 per cent of businesses inform potential staff of their employee benefits package.

UK April 2020: Paid bereavement leave for parents who lose a child

Parents who suffer the loss of a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks paid statutory parental bereavement leave (SPBL), which MPs have said will make the UK the only country to have such a law for grieving parents.

This law will come in to effect from the 6th April this year and was announced by Andrea Leadsom, business secretary. The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulation is known as Jack’s Law in memory of Jack Herd, a 23-month-old who died in a pond.

How should employers deal with staff requesting mental health days?

An employment law lawyer has answered some of the most frequently asked questions relating to mental health sick days taken off by your staff.

Laura Kearsley, partner and solicitor in the employment law team at Nelsons, tackles some essential questions.

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Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.