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Economists warn abrupt and premature lockdown lift risks higher death toll and double-dip recession

Authors of a new report into the effect of the coronavirus on the economy have proposed a cautious and prolonged reopening strategy over an abrupt end to lockdown measures to allow the economy to restructure around physical distancing requirements...


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British employees feel positive about returning to work

Half (49%) of employed British adults feel positive about the prospect of returning to their place of work after lockdown, with less than one in five (18%) feeling negative, an Aviva study shows. The survey of more than 2,000 employed adults work...


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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...