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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrat Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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PPMA 2017: Leadership and evidence-based HR in the public sector

5 May 2017

Two themes dominated the Public Service People Managers’ Association (PPMA) annual seminar: leading change and the need for evidence-based HR...

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Sexism among local councillors at “1970s” levels

26 Apr 2017

Female councillors face a culture of sexism “which would not be out of place in the 1970s”, according to Dame...

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Gender pay gaps and the Met Police chief’s decision to take a “pay cut”

12 Apr 2017

New Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has opted to take a lower salary than that of her predecessor Sir Bernard...

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April 2017: nine key employment law changes

10 Apr 2017

Are you up to date with all this month's employment law changes? We round the nine most important legislative...

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Controversial ban on agency staff in NHS dropped

31 Mar 2017

The ban on certain agency staff in the NHS, which was due to come into force on 1 April, has...

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NHS whistleblowers to be protected when applying for new jobs

20 Mar 2017

NHS whistleblowers will receive greater legal protection if they decide to apply for a new job, according to proposals published...

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HMRC denies its new employment status tool is unreliable

7 Mar 2017

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has vigorously denied claims that its new Employment Status Service tool is unreliable and inaccurate....

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IT contractors in the public sector could leave in favour of private-sector work, reports suggest

Public sector could lose talent thanks to new IR35 rules

28 Feb 2017

Tax changes due to be introduced in April could mean thousands of public-sector contractors leave their work in favour of...

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Nurses and teachers choose agency work for better work-life balance, report finds

23 Feb 2017

Teachers and nurses are choosing to work through agencies because they are disillusioned with permanent work, research has found.
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Firefighters lose pension age discrimination case

16 Feb 2017

Firefighters have lost their claim that the introduction of the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme was discriminatory.
The first-instance decision was...

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A19 police retirements not age discrimination – Court of Appeal

2 Feb 2017

The Court of Appeal has ruled that police forces’ use of Regulation A19, which required police officers with more than...

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Apprenticeship levy and targets risk being poor value for money

31 Jan 2017

Most of the money raised by the apprenticeship levy will be spent elsewhere, according to analysis published today by the...

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