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Airline pilot loses job following reference from Jabba the Hutt

An airline pilot with freight carrier West Atlantic UK has lost his job after giving putting forward Desilijic Tiure – an alternative name for the Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt - as a reference. Mr Francis-McGann was working as a pilot and applied for a role as captain. He was successful, trained by West Atlantic UK and started work in his new role as a captain.

Contributor: Jasmine Chadha | Published: 9 September 2018

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Britain’s debt time-bomb – workers can’t make ends meet

New research from has found that 78 percent of workers use various types of credit, such as payday loans, credit cards and unplanned overdrafts, to source money quickly between pay days, suggesting that monthly outgoings are not aligned with their monthly salaries. 

Contributor: James Herbert | Published: 30 August 2018

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Many employers seriously undervalue emotional intelligence

One in four (25 percent) UK business leaders say that emotional intelligence (EQ) is undervalued in the hiring process, according to research by recruitment specialist Robert Half UK. This is in spite of the majority of businesses (60 percent) reporting it as a very important skill for their employees.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 21 August 2018

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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