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World faces 100-year wait for gender parity

The time it will take to close the gender gap narrowed to 99.5 years in 2019. While an improvement on 2018 – when the gap was calculated to take 108 years to close – it still means parity between men and women across health, education,...


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UK Government announces rise in minimum wage

Low-paid workers will receive a 6.2% pay rise with a new National Living Wage (NLW) of £8.72 per hour, the biggest cash increase ever, the government has announced. Nearly three million workers are set to benefit from the increases to the N...


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Employers’ misuse of the apprenticeship levy causing it to fail

The apprenticeship levy funding pot is about to run out due to employers’ misuse of the system, a report by EDSK has revealed. The apprenticeship levy began operating in April 2017. The levy is, in effect, a tax of 0.5 per cent on the pay b...


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Modern-day slavery a problem for construction sector

Unite, the UK’s construction union, is calling for fundamental changes in the way that the construction industry is organised and for the introduction of licensing of gangmasters, following a major exposure of how modern-day slavery operates...


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At-work drivers: urgent action called for

Urgent action is needed to tackle the stagnation in the number of people killed or injured in collisions involving drivers working or travelling on business, according to IAM RoadSmart. The road safety charity’s concerns about a worrying la...


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‘Ethical veganism’ now a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010

A judge in a UK Employment Tribunal has ruled that being vegan, for ethical reasons, amounts to a ‘philosophical belief’ and is therefore protected by the provisions of the Equality Act 2010. Claimant Jordi Casamitjana claims he was s...