Terminal illness ‘should be a protected characteristic’

Campaigners aim to change European law after employee with breast cancer is ‘forced out’ by bosses Politicians and unions are backing a campaign to make terminal illness a protected characteristic in the workplace, which is being led by an employee with breast cancer who claims she was “intimidated” and “bullied” by her employer following her… Continue reading

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Over-25s ‘benefit most from apprenticeships’

Younger apprentices hampered by short-term, low-quality schemes, says social mobility tsar The current drive to meet David Cameron’s pledge of creating three million apprenticeships by 2020 is failing to deliver for the very people it was intended to benefit, according to Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. The social mobility… Continue reading

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Female directors pack more shareholder value, study finds

Shareholders value female directors more than male ones according to new analysis of stock market fluctuations following the departure of executive board members. Investors rate the performance of the few women who climbed to the top of the career ladder in companies without a gender quota as being better than that of their male peers. Economists… Continue reading

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Nearly a third of UK workers are in the wrong job

Nearly one in three UK workers are either underqualified or overqualified for their job, with concerns the figures could deal a blow to the country’s ailing productivity. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the proportion of workers “matched” to their jobs is steadily declining, The Guardian reports. The figures showed a rise… Continue reading

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National minimum wage to increase by up to 4.7%

David Cameron has announced inflation-busting increases to national minimum wage rates, to come into effect from October 2016. The standard rate of the national minimum wage for 21- to 24-year-olds will increase by 3.7% to £6.95 per hour, after the Government accepted recommendations for the new rates from the Low Pay Commission (LPC). Workers aged… Continue reading

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