Once again, we met with colleagues and friends from Lewis Silkin and HR representatives from various media companies (including NBCUniversal, A+E, Sony, Viacom, Ofcom, and UKTV) to discuss the latest Hot Topics for HR in the media, and network in the delightful and historic Berry Bros & Rudd Townhouse. This time on the agenda were Brexit negotiations following the triggering of Article 50, the new GDPR regulations, and the Gender Pay Gap reporting process. We met on the 9th of June, immediately following the surprise result of the snap general election…
Over lunch and whilst sampling some lovely wines, Russell Brimelow and Alexander Milner-Smith of Lewis Silkin first led a discussion about that day’s unlikely result in the general election, with unexpected new minority government. This of course means that it would be unlikely that any of the employment promises in the Conservative manifesto would actually see the light of day – with Mrs May having famously proclaimed she would usher in “the greatest expansion in workers’ rights by any Conservative government in history”. It now seems that implementing Brexit is the sole focus of the new government (itself seemingly an almost insurmountable challenge). We also discussed the latest Brexit issues on employment and immigration.
We then turned to how media firms should be preparing for the GDPR, with Alexander Milner-Smith presenting the 11 key aspects of preparation which media companies should be looking at now in order to be ready for May 2018. This proved to be a lively discussion, with the focus on what provisions should be in employee contracts, and how companies should be crafting Privacy Notices.
Russell also looked at how media companies are dealing with the new gender pay gap reporting obligations. As we have seen from the BBC’s experience, this issue is very much a hot political potato and many media companies are talking to each other about comparative results and timing their reporting so as to report simultaneously with others.
Finally we had a quick look at the likely employment status proposals of the Matthew Taylor report (now out) particularly in the light of the current gig economy cases and their impact on media practices.
Oh, and some excellent dessert wine too!