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Self-employed mental health struggles on the increase

The number of self-employed people saying they have “poor” or “very poor” mental health has increased from 6-26% since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic (a 300% rise), according to new research by IPSE (the Associat...


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Rule of six – are there implications for employers?

New laws prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people came into effect on 14 September, as the government calls on the public to remain vigilant in the fight against coronavirus. The new ‘rule of six’ simplifies and strengthe...


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DWP found guilty of insufficient social distancing measures

The government’s Department for Work and Pensions has been fined by the HSE for failing to implement sufficient social distancing measures at its Leeds office. During a visit to the office on 25 August, the HSE was reported to have found "c...


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Cyberbullying and COVID-19 – what employers need to know

Whilst bullying and harassment in the workplace is nothing new (a 2020 study found that 15% of people had been a victim of workplace bullying) cyberbullying in the workplace is a relatively new phenomenon – and on the rise. Simply put, cybe...


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Consumers and businesses to be given more control of data under new laws

Consumers and small businesses will benefit from better deals and savings through innovative services according to new Smart Data laws proposed by government. Smart Data enables businesses to provide consumers with more intuitive, easy-to-use ser...


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Calculating ethnicity pay gap – a “critical first step for an organisation”

The number of companies calculating their ethnicity pay gap has grown significantly in the past two years, a study by PwC suggests. A survey of more than 100 businesses that collectively employ more than one million UK employees also shows signifi...