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Collapsing businesses: the duty to engage and consult

Business failures have been much in the news of late, with the sad consequence that many jobs have been put at risk as a result. 5,500 jobs have been endangered by the closure of Toys’R’Us and Maplin stores. Carillion job losses stand ...


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The Oxfam case: HR measures that should have been in place

Oxfam has hit the headlines in recent weeks following allegations of staff hiring prostitutes while working overseas. Since then, the story has continued to develop, with the Charity Commission launching a statutory inquiry – the most seriou...


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Pimlico Plumbers - A question of status

The ‘gig economy’… we’ve heard that phrase a lot recently.  It refers to the five million or so people who get paid for each ‘gig’ they carry out – food delivery, courier delivery, taxi pick up, even...


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Adapting your customer service skills when working abroad

Working overseas has several advantages, including the opportunity to experience different cultures, build confidence and improve your communication skills. What’s more, adapting your customer service skills when working abroad may not be as...


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To be or not to be... in the office – the rise of presenteeism

We’ve all been there… you’re not feeling well; the eyes are streaming; the throat is sore; you’re aching all over… but there’s work to be done, so despite feeling rubbish, you head into your workplace (or stay...


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Gender pay gap reporting: adding fuel to the equal pay fire?

Gender pay gap reporting and equal pay have been hot topics in the news recently, with some of the UK’s largest employers publishing their pay gap reports and repeated stories in the media regarding equal pay. We have recently seen the BBC u...