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Nearly a third of public sector staff in the south west regularly work unpaid overtime to the tune of almost £1bn. The research by union GMB, shows that 186,000 public sector workers in the region regularly work an average of eight hours unpaid hours a week. It’s the highest percentage...
Parents who are employed and have suffered the death of a child will now receive statutory paid leave to grieve. The new law, which is being supported by the Government has been introduced to Parliament today. The Government says while it expects employers to be “compassionate and flexible” at such...
As the salaries of the highest earners at the BBC are revealed (surely no surprise that Gary Lineker and Chris Evans are BBC’s top earners) the list reveals a major gender imbalance. Only two women are among the very best paid stars at the BBC. Claudia Winkleman, who presents Strictly Come...
Women are more likely to be absent from work than men, ‘man flu’ does not exist and workers in the North East are twice as likely to take time off than Londoners. That’s according to a new report, which claims that women have had an additional 2.8 million days...
Instant messaging apps are a crucial tool in today’s business environment, according to a new survey. Three quarters of respondents said that remote workers and managers should remain connected via instant apps as well as the telephone; 84% that managers should speak to remote workers several times a week and...
Deliveroo's working practices are ‘exploitative’ and ‘out of date’ say unions, responding to the company's calls for new workers' right legislation. Deliveroo is calling for the government to overhaul workers’ rights legislation and consider creating ‘gig economy workers’ a new category of working. It says this would allow riders to...
The Court of Appeal is expected to hand down a significant workplace judgment next week in relation to whistleblowing laws. The Chesterton Global Ltd and another v Nurmohamed case focussed on the public interest test which was introduced into whistleblowing law as part of changes to the Employment Rights Act...
Young adults on zero-hours contracts are less likely to be in good health and are at higher risk of poor mental health than workers with stable jobs, according to a new study. The study, Next Steps, by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) also found that young zero hour workers...
The latest test-case gig economy hearing begins today (4 July), at the Central London employment tribunal, Kingsway, London. GMB, the union for private hire drivers, has launched a legal challenge against Addison Lee, claiming that the company is ‘shirking its responsibilities through bogus self-employment’. The challenge brought by the GMB involves...
Gig economy radio programme Yesterday BBC Radio 4 featured a 30 minute programme: 'Who Speaks for the Workers?' The show posed some interesting questions about the role of unions in the gig-economy, whether Government should directly enforce employment rights (think employment law inspectors a bit like HMRC tax inspectors). It also...