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January sales – do you know your rights?


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5 Jan 2015

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After spending the last couple of months buying presents for friends and family, many of us are now treating ourselves to a few bargains in the January sales. But what happens if things go wrong? 

 

Here is our guide to your rights:...

Overtime holiday pay ruling must be challenged, say businesses


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7 Nov 2014

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The recent ruling from the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) which means overtime should be taken into account when calculating holiday pay “must be challenged,” according to business chiefs.  

The Confederation of British Industry described the ruling as a “real blow” and is concerned that the ruling could lead to significant financial pressure and possible collapse for many businesses....

Flexible working hour rights extended to all


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2 Jul 2014

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Every employee now has the right to request flexible working hours after the government extended the right previously reserved for carers and those looking after children.

As part of the right, employees can expect their request to be considered “in a reasonable manner” by employers....

Daydreaming Brits cost employers £478 booking and talking about holidays


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6 Jun 2014

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Employees planning and reminiscing about holidays is costing employers £478 each per person, according to new research.

89% of staff surveyed admitted that they were ‘much less productive’ before and after a holiday.

British workers spend an average of 32 office hours in total thinking, researching, planning, booking and daydreaming about their holiday, a survey of 1,885 full-time workers by sunshine.co.uk revealed. ...

UK businesses need to do more to tackle depression, says KPMG director


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2 May 2014

Companies in the UK face worsening productivity if they don’t tackle the taboo around depression in the workplace, according to experts.

Nick Baber, Director of KPMG, a global network of professional services firms, believes that line managers should be trained to recognise and deal with the symptoms of depression.

"Often people don't want to deal with this issue as they don't understand it. Unless someone has suffered from depression themselves, or has seen the effect on someone they know well, they won't understand the condition. Fear of the unknown means employees and managers alike are not always comfortable dealing with it," says Baber....