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Living Wage Week – the picture today

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his 2018 budget recently and repeatedly declared that ‘austerity was coming to an end’.  In addition to changes to apprenticeship contributions, personal tax threshold increases, and the I...


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Improving health and safety standards in a decentralised workplace

Health and safety is important, no matter what type of business you run. It has been shown that stringent health and safety policies can not only improve worker confidence in your business and will make your employees happier, amongst other benefi...


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Gender pay gap reporting – so what now?

We’re six months on from the first deadline for gender pay gap reporting for businesses with more than 250 employees. The reporting process was introduced by the government in a bid to understand why differences in pay exist and identify way...


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One Vision of the Future

Four changes to employment law proposed by the Labour Party are worth being aware of as they could lead to a stronger employee (and trade union) voice in companies, a change to the status of zero hours contracts and new rights to leave for victims...


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IOSH Annual Conference 2018: review

Last week I attended the IOSH Annual Conference in Birmingham, the first time I’ve been to the conference since its move from London’s Excel a few years ago. Despite my initial reservations, it proved to be time very well spent. I sh...


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When suspension goes wrong

Deciding to suspend an employee should be carefully considered as the implications further down the line can be significant if you get it wrong. Suspending staff has been in the news recently following a decision by the High Court to overturn the...