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  • 18 Aug 2014
    According to a recent report, cleaners working in British offices, hotels and public places are regularly subject to bullying, discrimination and under-payment. Almost half a million people work as non-domestic contract cleaners in the UK, in an industry that has an annual turnover of £8 billion. Are you taking the correct action to ensure contract staff, such as cleaners are treated with the same dignity and respect as your own workforce?

  • 14 Aug 2014
    Statistics from the House of Commons library show that since 2010, each year the pay gap has narrowed by 0.3 per cent. With a current difference of 19.7 per cent, it is calculated that it could take more than six decades to achieve equal pay for women. By then more than a century will have passed since the Equal Pay Act was introduced back in 1970.

  • 12 Aug 2014
    The balance is definitely on the side of etiquette rather than law when it comes to choosing whether or not to allow e-cigarettes in the workplace, and the BBC in Salford recently decided that it was not good etiquette for employees to be using e-cigarettes indoors. But with some employees complaining of victimisation, where does the law stand on this issue, and what does this mean for small employers?

  • 12 Aug 2014
    Paul Burstow, former care minister, has led a year-long review into the care industry in the UK and has recommended that a license to practice may have prevented national reported tragedies such as the Orchard View case, in which 19 residents who had died were found to have had substandard care and 5 died through natural causes compounded by neglect.

  • 12 Aug 2014
    Calls for increase in care worker wages and Care UK workers continue strike action Former care minister Burstow calls for living wage payments to care staff, nearly 80% of whom earn barely more than the national minimum wage of £6.