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US court rules Uber and Lyft must classify drivers as employees

A ruling from the superior court of the state of California means that, from 20 August 2020, drivers for ridesharing organisations Lyft and Uber must be classed as employees and not independent contractors. Over 750,000 Uber drivers and over 1.4 ...


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Summer Statement schemes fall short in protecting firms and jobs

Results from the latest BCC Coronavirus Business Tracker reveal that businesses are still facing significant cashflow challenges, with the schemes announced in the Summer Statement failing to provide support at the scale needed to protect jobs aft...


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Sainsbury’s signs legally binding agreement with equality watchdog

Leading supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s, has signed a legally binding document with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) after being found liable for sexual harassment against a member of staff. The retailer has agreed to a legal ...


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Health and safety key to kickstarting business travel post-COVID-19

The pandemic has put a pause on business travel for the last few months and, according to new research there is work to be done to get it back to pre-pandemic normality. The research, which surveyed 500 UK business travellers and 100 UK travel man...


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How to keep homeworkers safe as temperatures soar above 30°C

With the temperature rising above 30°C in the last week, employers are being called upon to make sure staff are protected from the sun and heat. Working in hot weather can lead to dehydration, tiredness, muscle cramps, rashes, fainting, and &...


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ACAS issues advice on redundancies following record increase in calls to its helpline

Workplace expert ACAS has issued advice to employers who are considering staff redundancies following a record increase in calls to its helpline. The coronavirus pandemic has seen redundancy-related calls to the ACAS helpline increase by over 160%...