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New rights for self-employed couriers in groundbreaking deal

Hermes’ self-employed couriers now have the option to take holiday pay and have guaranteed earnings following a groundbreaking deal between the consumer delivery company and GMB Union. The collective bargaining agreement is the first ever r...


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Government and employers unite to kick-start flexible working

The Flexible Working Task Force, a partnership across government departments, business groups, trade unions and charities, has launched a campaign to increase the uptake of flexible working. Members of the task force are collectively using their ...


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Differences in reporting on ethnicity pay must be recognised to repeat gender pay success

Unless key differences with gender pay issues are recognised, there is a “significant risk” that reporting ethnicity pay levels could be “counterproductive”, according to the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) in its re...


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Uber loses another gig economy appeal

In its third legal defeat in as many years, Uber has lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be treated as workers, rather than self-employed, and are therefore entitled to rights such as holiday pay and the minimum wage.  T...


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Government announces new Code of Practice to tackle sexual harassment at work

The Government will introduce a new Code of Practice so employers better understand their legal responsibilities to protect their staff as part of a package of commitments to tackle sexual harassment at work. Responding to the Women and Equalitie...


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Employers warned to check employees sign contracts

A High Court judge’s decision has sent a fresh warning to employers on the importance of ensuring all employees sign their contracts of employment. Michael Wakeling, a partner at Midlands law firm Lodders, explained: “The recent case...