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Beard ban “penny pinching stupidity”

Unite, the UK’s largest construction union has condemned a decree by outsourced housing maintenance company Mears, which bars workers from having beards as ‘penny pinching stupidity’. Comment from Mark Soave Unite regional official for London.

Contributor: Mark Soave | Published: 10 June 2017

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Many still lagging in policy management clarity

Leading ethics and compliance software and services company NAVEX Global® announces the release of its 2017 Ethics & Compliance Policy & Procedure Management Benchmark Report. The survey data shows an increasing embrace of automated policy management systems - even as some organisations are still slow in adopting a more proactive approach to policies. Comment Carrie Penman, Chief Compliance Officer - NAVEX Global.

Contributor: Carrie Penman | Published: 9 June 2017

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Unite calls for an urgent review of ‘payment by results’ after charity collapses

The shock collapse of the UK’s leading drug and alcohol charity, Lifeline, which was heavily reliant on income from public sector contracts, should set alarm bells ringing, Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has warned, as it calls for an urgent review of the government’s payment-by-results (PBR) commissioning model for procuring pubic services.

Contributor: Siobhan Endean | Published: 5 June 2017

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Consumers increasingly socially-conscious

Increasingly socially-conscious consumers are abandoning brands they do not feel have positive values or behaviours, a study has shown.

Contributor: Pauline Robson | Published: 24 May 2017

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Business milestones that mean the most

A new survey sees UK business owners sharing what they care about most when it comes to company milestones. Comment from Kris Bolton, Partner at Current Capital.

Contributor: Kris Bolton | Published: 7 May 2017

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Who will be 2017’s ‘Top Employers for Working Families’?

Working Families launches its annual search for the leaders of the pack in flexible and agile workplaces. Top-scoring benchmark entrants will be announced as the Top Employers for Working Families 2017. Comment from Kirstie Axtens, Head of Employer Services at Working Families.

Contributor: Kirstie Axtens | Published: 5 May 2017

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Disguised employment crackdown – who will be caught?

From BBC and Channel 4 TV stars to language therapists and locum doctors - the crackdown on disguised employment across the public sector comes into force next month. Chris Blundell, Employment Tax Partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson, outlines who will be caught:

Contributor: Chris Blundell | Published: 25 March 2017