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Government ‘washes hands’ on umbrella company misery

Unite, the UK’s largest union, has accused the government of washing its hands of thousands of workers who are experiencing the misery of being paid via an umbrella company. There has been a huge surge in the number of workers forced to be employed via umbrella companies in recent years.

Contributor: Gail Cartmail | Published: 7 August 2018

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Why is people data still missing from corporate reports

New research highlights that many FTSE 100 firms are failing to share important workforce data in their annual reports. The CIPD is calling for improved reporting and transparency from Britain’s biggest businesses, warning that failure to capture and disclose key workforce data is keeping investors, employees and other parties in the dark on key business indicators.

Contributor: Edward Houghton | Published: 31 July 2018

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Frank Field report: Don’t regulate the platform economy into oblivion

Parliament should attempt to improve conditions for vulnerable self-employed workers, but it must not regulate the platform economy out of existence in doing so, IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) has warned.

Contributor: Andy Chamberlain | Published: 30 July 2018

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Luton airport workers on zero hours “fight for dignity” says union

Workers responsible for helping disabled passengers at Luton Airport are in a battle with their employer Clece Care services which stands accused of exploiting its own workforce while providing services to people with restricted mobility. The workers are due to take 48 hour strike action between Tuesday 17 July 5.00 am to Thursday 19 July 4.59 am.

Contributor: Jeff Hodge | Published: 22 July 2018

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Whistleblowers suffer ‘rat’ reputation despite acting in public interest

Whistleblowers risk their jobs to expose secrets and bring high profile people and institutions into light for public scrutiny. Despite this bravery, new research from HEC Paris reveals that whistleblowers suffer from a legitimacy deficit in society and are often portrayed as traitors and rats.

Contributor: Hervé Stolowy | Published: 11 July 2018

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Employers urged to get a game plan to manage World Cup

Anticipation is already reaching fever pitch, with England's first game against Tunisia on Monday 18 June.  However, with 32 different nationalities involved and games spread over a month, with a wide range of kick-off times from 11am to 8pm, the tournament has potential to impact a huge number of workplaces. 

Contributor: Simon DeMaid | Published: 29 May 2018

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‘Sign or resign’ – Sainsbury’s contracts row

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has hit the headlines this week over its plans to overhaul the employment contracts of a number of its employees. The supermarket has announced its plan to increase the hourly rate of 130,000 shop floor staff from £8.00 per hour to £9.20 per hour (£9.80 in London).

Contributor: Adam Pennington | Published: 28 May 2018

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Bad hire evident almost immediately

According to the study of almost 5,000 managers in 13 countries around the world, 39 percent typically realise within a fortnight that a new hire is not meeting expectations. Meanwhile, over one in seven (15 percent) employers realise they’ve made a mistake within a recruit’s first week on the job.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 25 May 2018

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One in nine workers in “insecure jobs” says TUC

At least 3.8 million people are in insecure work, such as agency work, zero-hour contracts and low-paid self-employment. New analysis published by the TUC finds that 3,820,000 UK workers are in insecure forms of employment. This is 11.9 percent of the workforce, or 1 in 9 workers.

Contributor: Frances O'Grady | Published: 17 May 2018

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New Tech Fund to support disabled people and employers announced

In a hyper-connected and multi-cultural society, it is key organisations foster an environment where the inclusion of employees with disabilities is evident across all levels, in all business activity and in the ways their employees collaborate with one another, customers and partners.

Contributor: Sarah Kaiser | Published: 4 May 2018