Tribunal rules in favour of Uber drivers in landmark case

___   Decision that drivers should be classified as workers will have far-reaching consequences for organisations operating in the gig economy Uber drivers should not be viewed as self-employed and are entitled to workers’ rights, a central London employment tribunal has found today (28 October). The landmark decision follows the hearing in July, brought by… Continue reading

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Living wage rises to £8.45 per hour

___ Almost 3,000 businesses volunteer to offer a pay increase, but experts say new rates will challenge employers in low-paying sectors The UK voluntary living wage rate, as calculated by the Living Wage Foundation, has increased by 20p to £8.45 per hour, making it 17 per cent higher than the government’s national living wage (NLW)… Continue reading

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Nearly half of employees with mental health problems have felt suicidal at work

___   Experts call on employers to recognise wellbeing as an ‘asset’, as research estimates workers with mental health issues contribute £226bn to UK economy Almost half (49 per cent) of employees who have experienced mental health problems in the last five years have gone to work while experiencing suicidal thoughts, according to a new… Continue reading

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Government makes U-turn on pension annuities

___   Concern over lack of consumer protection leads Treasury to abandon scheme The government is to scrap plans to allow pensioners to cash in their pension annuities in exchange for a lump sum, saying they could not guarantee sufficient consumer protection, the Treasury has announced. The plans, revealed in the March 2015 budget by… Continue reading

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Campaign for paid compassionate leave for bereaved parents

__   Will employees gain an entitlement to take two weeks off? A private member’s bill, entitling all employees to two weeks’ paid leave if they lose a child under 18, has been introduced in parliament. A second reading of the bill is due on 28 October. Unlike Europe, UK employees do not currently have… Continue reading

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