How MOT Fraud is being Tackled by the Government
Jun21

How MOT Fraud is being Tackled by the Government

This article will highlight the dangers of MOT fraud, committed by some small businesses, and the impact they have not only on themselves and their employees but also on society. In the UK, every vehicle older than three years is legally required to undergo an annual test of its safety and functionality. This is called the MOT test. It covers everything from steering to headlights, wheels to mirrors, exhaust pipe to windscreen wipers...

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People fear effect of hearing loss on their career
Jan29

People fear effect of hearing loss on their career

Fear of a potential negative effect on their career is preventing people with hearing loss from disclosing their condition to their employers.     More than half of people living with deafness and hearing loss feel they can’t be open about it in the workplace, according to a new survey by charity Action on Hearing Loss. The new research has been conducted as part of the charity’s Working for Change campaign, which wants to...

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Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB
Jul13

Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB

Trade Unions GMB and Unison have slammed the University of South Wales for its decision set to sell off staff working at the University’s popular creche facility based at the Treforest Campus. The facility provides vital nursery places to 100 children from the local community, staff and students, who have campaigned vigorously since March this year after the University threatened closure and the withdrawal of  a £142,000 subsidy...

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Relax workplace dress codes during this week’s heatwave, says TUC
Jun19

Relax workplace dress codes during this week’s heatwave, says TUC

With temperatures set to hit over 30 degrees centigrade in parts of the UK this week, the TUC is calling on employers to temporarily relax their workplace dress codes so staff can work through the heatwave as comfortably as possible. Where people are working outdoors, employers should consider reviewing working times so that, where possible, work is done in the morning and afternoon, rather than around midday when temperatures are...

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More problems for Deliveroo as ‘substitute driver’ scandal hits headlines again
May30

More problems for Deliveroo as ‘substitute driver’ scandal hits headlines again

Gig employer Deliveroo has come under more fire this weekend as a loophole allowing riders to use substitutes means that deliveries could be made by riders who have not completed the company’s strict vetting procedure, and who may not have undergone food hygiene training, putting customers at risk. As self-employed contractors, riders are allowed to take on ‘substitutes’ to do their deliveries – which means that Deliveroo does...

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International study finds UK lags behind EU in protection for insecure workers
May04

International study finds UK lags behind EU in protection for insecure workers

UK tops EU league table for growth in self-employment UK ranks third in EU for growth of temporary workers Legal protections for insecure workers are poor in UK compared to other EU countries A new study published yesterday by the TUC reveals that the UK has seen significant growth in insecure forms of employment compared to other EU countries. And it links the growth to relatively weak legal protections for those in bogus...

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Great Repeal Bill on leaving EU needs to ‘fully protect’ worker rights, says TUC
Mar30

Great Repeal Bill on leaving EU needs to ‘fully protect’ worker rights, says TUC

A white paper on the Great Repeal Bill will be published today following the trigger of Article 50. The bill is necessary to fill the legal gap after the UK leaves the EU and will repeal the European Communities Act which says EU law is supreme to the UK’s. This means that laws and regulations made while the UK was part of the EU will continue to apply, but they will become British laws rather than EU ones. It will also set out...

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Should binding arbitration be an option in disputes between companies and Trade Unions?
Mar17

Should binding arbitration be an option in disputes between companies and Trade Unions?

Guest blog by Andy Cook, CEO, Marshall-James Employee Relations Ltd At present, the terms and conditions within an employee’s contract are fiercely protected by unions. An employee of an inner-city transport service whose original remit is outlined as collector of payment or dispenser of tickets, for example, may refuse to embrace new technology enabling contactless payment or ticketless travel, and the union may stubbornly argue the...

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TUC criticises plan to stop injured workers reclaiming legal costs
Feb27

TUC criticises plan to stop injured workers reclaiming legal costs

The TUC has criticised plans to stop injured workers from reclaiming their legal costs in cases where claims are worth under £2,000. New Ministry of Justice proposals will force many workers, including those on low incomes, to pay for legal advice when seeking compensation for injuries at work. These new rules will apply even when employer negligence is found to be the cause of workplace injuries. TUC General Secretary, Frances...

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Rise in insecure work is costing Exchequer £4bn a year, warns TUC
Feb14

Rise in insecure work is costing Exchequer £4bn a year, warns TUC

The growth of insecure employment– those working without guaranteed hours or baseline employment rights – is costing the Exchequer an estimated £4bn a year, according to a new TUC report published today. The rise in low paid self-employment accounts for just over half (£2.1bn) of this bill, with the government collecting billions less in income tax and National Insurance contributions. And the surge in zero-hours working has left an...

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Insecure work up by a quarter since 2011, finds TUC
Feb09

Insecure work up by a quarter since 2011, finds TUC

– Number of waiters and care workers in insecure work more than doubles in five years – Teachers, care workers and waiters driving the increase The number of people in insecure work – those working without guaranteed hours or baseline employment rights – has shot up by more than 660,000 (27%) over the past five years, according to new research published today (Tuesday) by the TUC. This growth in people being forced into...

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Southern Rail & ASLEF ‘resolve’ dispute, but RMT remain unhappy – so where does that leave commuters?
Feb06

Southern Rail & ASLEF ‘resolve’ dispute, but RMT remain unhappy – so where does that leave commuters?

Following two weeks of intensive talks, the parties have now reached an agreement about the long-running dispute between ASLEF and GTR Southern. This resolves the current dispute, subject to securing the support of ASLEF members, and no further industrial action is planned.  Southern drivers will now vote on the new deal, and the result of the ballot will be published on 16 February. The negotiations have been jointly chaired by...

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As Ministry of Justice hails success of Tribunal Fees, Law Society Gazette cries ‘Spin’!
Feb01

As Ministry of Justice hails success of Tribunal Fees, Law Society Gazette cries ‘Spin’!

The long awaited Government review into tribunal fees was published yesterday, claiming that ‘the introduction of tribunal fees has dramatically changed how workplace disputes are resolved’ and that 92,000 people bought forward workplace disputes last year – the highest number since employment tribunal fees were introduced. Record number of people resolved disputes through tribunals or conciliation Since fees were...

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Are warehouses becoming the new workhouses?  C4 programme reveals another warehouse employment scandal
Feb01

Are warehouses becoming the new workhouses? C4 programme reveals another warehouse employment scandal

Following recent warehouse scandals at JD Sports and Sports Direct, a new investigation by the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ program has uncovered more evidence of agency staff working under ‘three strike systems’, having pay deducted for minor lateness issues and receiving ‘strikes’ for minor infractions of company rules which allegedly include smiling, checking the time on their mobile phones, being a few minutes...

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Alternative facts – the importance of honesty and how to rebuild trust when leaders lose it
Jan31

Alternative facts – the importance of honesty and how to rebuild trust when leaders lose it

Sometimes in business you have to face the hard truth. Rather than pretending it doesn’t exist or citing alternative facts, the best way to handle an inconvenient truth is to deal with it head on. The inconvenient Truth Are your sales figures down? Has there been a workplace injury or food poisoning outbreak linked to your company? As tempted as you might be to pretend it didn’t happen or try to pass the blame, the best thing you can...

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