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Zero hours exclusivity clause ban now in effect

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As of yesterday, under a provision in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, employers who do not guarantee staff any hours of work, but prevent them from working for another employer, could face legal ramifications. The ban on the use of exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts, which was first proposed by the outgoing Coalition Government, is now in force after a len...

Businesses not confident ESOS will provide sufficient savings

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A new survey has revealed that almost half of the businesses covered by the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) expect the scheme to cost them more than they will save on energy bills. The survey of 205 companies, conducted by energy, carbon and water consultancy firm, Utilitywise, found that only 49% of businesses expected the cost of compliance to outweigh potential sa...

Why we should embrace the older workforce

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A recent UK Government survey revealed that more a million people over 50 are struggling to find employment. Yet, as Chartered psychologist, Dr Lynda Shaw argues, employers are missing the opportunity to upskill their older workers.  There is a huge prejudice against older people at work, partly because of the notion that job performance declines with age. This idea has been around for ma...

Managing occupational road risk

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that a quarter of all road traffic accidents may involve someone who is driving as part of their work. Taking work-related road risk seriously is a legal requirement and recognising the risks and managing them accordingly could help reduce these incidents considerably. Legal requirements Employees that require a vehicle to carry out their ...