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Public must be protected against Strikes

Essential services are banned in most major Western economies – but not in the UK. With co-ordinated strike action now being threatened by public sector unions, the Government should consider amending the Trade Union Act 2016 to further protect the public from the damage done by strike action. From Nicholas Finney, Centre for Policy Studies.

Contributor: Nicholas Finney | Published: 19 September 2017

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“Wild West” taxis must be regulated says GMB

Union urging backing for local taxi and private hire drivers at TUC Congress in face of flood of unregulated out-of-town ‘cowboy’ operators. Comment Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Taxi and Private Hire Drivers.

Contributor: Mick Rix | Published: 12 September 2017

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Zero hours contracts shoot up – calls for action

GMB has called for action after the number of workers on zero hours contracts in the North East shot up 11,000 compared to the same point last year.

Contributor: Billy Coates | Published: 23 August 2017

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AA exec chairman sacked for alleged “Clarkson moment”

It has been reported that the AA has sacked its executive chairman, Bob Mackenzie, for gross misconduct, with immediate effect. Philip Richardson, head of employment law at national law firm, Stephensons.

Contributor: Philip Richardson | Published: 8 August 2017

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It’s illegal to require staff to “look attractive”

A London bar has drawn criticism after posting a job advert for bar staff. The ad, by House of Wax, stated that "physical attractiveness is unfortunately necessary for this role" and, as well as a having a fun, lively attitude, it also specified that female applicants "must be comfortable wearing black heels during their shift". Comment from Jacob Demeza-Wilkinson is an employment law consultant for the ELAS Group.

Contributor: Jacob Demeza-Wilkinson | Published: 7 August 2017

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Landmark decision, comfort to prospective whistleblowers

The Court of Appeal has held in Chesterton Global Ltd (t/a Chestertons) and anor v Nurmohamed that an estate agent's complaints about the manipulation of accounts which potentially adversely affected the bonuses of 100 senior managers amounted to a protected disclosure in the public interest. Comment from Emma Burrows, Partner at Trowers & Hamlins.

Contributor: Emma Burrows | Published: 13 July 2017

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Two-thirds of UK businesses still breaking basic health & safety laws

Almost two thirds of UK businesses are failing to meet basic health and safety laws and are putting their employees in danger, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 employees, working for businesses that have over five employees, found that 65 percent have not received any information on their company’s health and safety policies. Comment Colin Yates, chief support officer at WorkMobile.

Contributor: Colin Yates | Published: 17 June 2017

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Zero hours contracts soar

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) the number of people on so-called ‘zero hours contracts’ has soared in recent years, to over 900,000. Article from Adam Pennington is an employment law solicitor at Stephensons Solicitors LLP.

Contributor: Adam Pennington | Published: 19 May 2017

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Brexit bonfire of employment law “not needed”

Employers back UK’s existing employment rights framework as negotiations over the country’s departure from the EU begin. Comment Rachel Suff, Employment Adviser at the CIPD.

Contributor: Rachel Suff | Published: 15 May 2017