Gig economy worker rights demand a global approach

Gig economy worker rights demand a global approach

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British people increasingly work in temporary positions and on short term engagements: part of a fundamental global shift in the way we work. The domestic gig economy has seen the number of workers more than double in number since 2016, according to a recent report from the TUC and the University of Hertfordshire (conducted with […]

SMEs remain in dark about rights of disabled employees

SMEs remain in dark about rights of disabled employees

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Despite ambitious government policies to get a million disabled people into work over the next ten years, the latest ONS data shows a minuscule 5 percent increase since the 2017 goal, which would only see a total of merely 5,800 disabled people in work by 2027 if the pattern continues. In light of the disability […]

Two million workers miss out on holiday entitlement

Two million workers miss out on holiday entitlement

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Around seven percent of UK workers are not getting or taking their legal holiday entitlement, according to a new study from the TUC. The analysis estimates that nearly two million employees (1.960 million) are not getting the minimum paid leave entitlement they are due. And over a million (1.145 million) are not getting any paid […]

Flexible working could be the default for all jobs in UK

Flexible working could be the default for all jobs in UK

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Flexible working could become the default for all jobs in the UK, under proposed legislation being considered by the UK government. The most important consequence will be that employees will no longer be expected to use their right request flexible working for an employer to consider, as is currently the case.

Ergonomics regulations are no longer fit for purpose

Ergonomics regulations are no longer fit for purpose

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The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. We can apply LP Hartley’s legendary opening lines from his novel The Go Between to many of the ways the world of work has changed over the last quarter of a century. And perhaps especially to The European Display Screen Equipment Regulations which were […]

Employment rights to be enforced by new single body

Employment rights to be enforced by new single body

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The government has launched its latest Good Work Plan consultation which proposes a new single body for employment rights enforcement. The new body would replace the current seven organisations that have responsibility for employment rights enforcement. The proposals include the body having  powers to enforce payment of the minimum wage, labour exploitation and modern slavery, […]

Take up of shared parental leave constrained by traditional attitudes

Take up of shared parental leave constrained by traditional attitudes

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Despite the introduction of shared parental leave rights, more than half of UK adults still think that women be the primary carers of babies and children, according to the latest British Social Attitudes Survey. Despite this, there has been a notable shift in attitudes over the last seven years, according to the researchers from the […]

New drive to tackle workplace barriers faced by disabled people

New drive to tackle workplace barriers faced by disabled people

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The day to day challenges and injustices faced by disabled people in the workplace, at home and in the wider community will be tackled head-on through a new package of measures announced by the UK Government.  Higher accessibility standards for homes and buildings, an overhaul of statutory sick pay, and greater workplace support including the […]

Rise in employment discrimination claims by new parents

Rise in employment discrimination claims by new parents

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Nearly three quarter (70 percent) of employment law experts have seen an increase in women claiming they were fired when on maternity leave; the use of ‘gagging orders’ following pregnancy and maternity related disputes and an increase in men claiming harassment by their employer for taking paternity leave.

Calls for urgent reform of skills policy development and implementation

Calls for urgent reform of skills policy development and implementation

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City & Guilds Group is calling on Government to urgently rethink how skills and education policy in the UK is designed and delivered, in light of a new report launched by the Group today. Sense and Instability 2019 finds that important lessons from the implementation of skills policy over several decades have not been learned, […]

Firms must log employee working hours, ECJ rules

Firms must log employee working hours, ECJ rules

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EU member States must require employers to set up a system to measure daily working hours for each employee, according to a new ruling from the European Court of Justice. The decision came following a case brought by the Spanish trade union, Federación de Servicios de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) which initially brought an action before […]

Increase in number of FTSE 100 CEOs from tech backgrounds

Increase in number of FTSE 100 CEOs from tech backgrounds

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Digital disruption has led to a rise in the number of FTSE 100 CEOs with a background in technology, but age, education and gender diversity remain stagnant, claim the results of the annual Robert Half FTSE 100 CEO Tracker. It shows that the proportion of FTSE 100 CEOs with a background in technology has increased […]

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