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  • 17 Sep 2014
    The National Minimum Wage applies to all employees and workers in the UK and was first introduced in 1999 when the rate was £3.60 per hour for adults and £3 for young workers. The rate is reviewed each October and will increase again from 1st October 2014. From today the new rates are:

  • 15 Sep 2014
    More low-income workers are now putting enough away in savings for their retirement than in 2012 - a vindication of the government’s auto-enrolment plan to defuse the looming pensions crisis. According to research by Scottish Widows, half of workers earning between £10,000 and £30,000 a year are "saving adequately", compared with a third when the scheme was first launched two years ago.

  • 3 Sep 2014
    Germany is poised to enact an anti-stress law that would make it illegal for employers to send emails to workers during their free time and holidays. Andrea Nahles, the labour minister, announced her support for the legislation while introducing a study into mental health. Ms Nahles said she had commissioned a feasibility study for a law to protect workers from stress caused by ‘constant contact’ with their bosses via smart phones and other devices. She said “There is an undeniable link between having to be constantly available for work and the rise in mental illness”

  • 29 Aug 2014
    Migrants are being caught in unprecedented numbers, a police union spokesman said yesterday, but they are quickly released, and try to cross the Channel again, often within hours, because border controls in continental Europe have been abolished. Are you ensuring thorough checks are taking place on your employee's right to work documentation?

  • 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?