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18 Apr 2017 Auto-enrolment passes half-million mark

More than half a million UK employers have now set up auto-enrolment pensions for their employees, according to the latest figures from The Pensions Regulator (TPR). The regulator´s Declaration of Compliance report shows that 503,178 employers had completed their workplace pension...

10 Apr 2017 CBI boss urges government to support UK´s self-employed

The head of the UK´s biggest business group is calling for the Government to scrap plans to hit Britain´s “thriving” self-employed workforce with sudden tax changes, The Telegraph reports. Paul Drechsler, head of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), argued that t...

03 Apr 2017 BMW employees vote to strike over ‘pensions robbery´

BMW staff in Britain have voted in ‘overwhelming´ proportions to go on strike over the company´s plans to close its final salary pension, The Telegraph has reported. As a result, the article notes, up to 3,500 workers at the car manufacturer´s nationwide sites could ...

27 Mar 2017 How Article 50 could affect UK employment law

Writing recently for the CIPD website, lawyer Amanda Steadman explained how the triggering of Article 50 – and Britain´s subsequent exit from the EU – could affect workers´ rights in the UK. As Steadman explains, once the Article 50 notification has been issued, Britain ...

13 Mar 2017 Lowest UK sick day rates since records began

Figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed that last year, workers in the UK reported the lowest level of sickness absence since records began in 1993, the Guardian reports. According to the data, around 137 million working days were lost due to illness or injury in 2...

06 Mar 2017 More employers using wellbeing strategies to boost engagement

New research has found that employees in the UK are introducing workplace wellbeing strategies at an “unprecedented rate,” the Business Matters magazine reports. According to a recent survey by Punter Southall Health & Protection, nearly half (45%) of UK companies have a clearly-def...

22 Feb 2017 ´Wellbeing days´ and opening up dialogue around mental health could help tackle £9bn ill-health bill

Organisations have been compelled by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) to prioritise wellbeing as much as sickness, in order to rectify Britain´s growing sickness absence rate. The government body also suggested a range of potential ideas, such as ‘wellbeing days´ an...

13 Feb 2017 Plumber wins landmark case for workers´ rights in gig economy

A plumber from London has won a legal battle for employment rights, which could have a knock-on effect on the UK´s burgeoning ‘gig´ economy, the Independent reports. Gary Smith worked for Pimlico Plumbers on a self-employed basis for six years leading to 2011. After being ...

06 Feb 2017 Zero-hours contracts scrapped at Homebase

Staff at retail chain Homebase will no longer have to accept zero-hour contracts, after new company owner Bunnings decided to scrap them for UK workforce, the Telegraph reports. Australian DIY chain Bunnings bought Homebase last year for £340m. Along with plans to open at least five pi...

23 Jan 2017 Financial concerns limit productivity for 25% of employees

New research has revealed that one in four UK employees say money worries affect their productivity levels at work, the CIPD website writes. According to the survey, conducted by the CIPD and Close Brothers Asset Management, one quarter (25%) of employees are struggling with financial p...

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