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Coronavirus – sources of information

With the situation changing daily with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've listed below some useful sources of official information and guidance produced by some of professional bodies whose credentials underpin our workplace management curricu...


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Union to sue government over failure to protect ‘precarious’ workers

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is taking legal action against the government over its failure to protect the wages and jobs of millions of workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, and ensuring the health and safety of those sti...


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Gender pay gap reporting deadlines suspended

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have taken the decision to suspend enforcement of the gender pay gap deadlines for this reporting year (2019/20). The decis...


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Furloughed workers – covering the wages of laid-off workers

Workers who would otherwise have been laid off during the ongoing health crisis could now be considered ‘furloughed’ and receive financial support under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which will allow all employers in the UK to ...


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52% increase in over 50s on zero-hours contracts

The number of over 50s on a zero-hours contract has increased from 190,000 in 2014 to 288,000 in 2019 – an increase of 52% in five years, according to new research from Rest Less, a jobs, volunteering and guidance site for the over 50s. The...


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IR35 delay a “huge relief” for the self-employed

The Government has delayed controversial changes to the IR35 tax system in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Due to come into force from April, the changes to the system would have led to self-employed individuals operating through a company ...