Pay & benefits

Garment workers ‘robbed’ of £27m in wages since July

12 Oct 2020

The government has been accused of inaction over alleged worker exploitation in textile factories that supply major clothing brands, with...

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Government will cover two-thirds of wages at firms forced to temporarily close

9 Oct 2020

Expanded Job Support Scheme announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak.

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Umbrella companies: Lawyers pursue unlawful deductions

9 Oct 2020

Lawyers are pursuing group legal action against umbrella companies that have unlawfully deducted national insurance and other contributions from contractors’...

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‘Maximum wage’ would fund pay rise for low earners

8 Oct 2020

More than half of the public (54%) would support the introduction of a ‘maximum wage’ in order to tackle excessive...

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Febrile mood will lead to sackings, whistleblowing and disputes

7 Oct 2020

As the UK heads into a worrying winter, Charlie Thompson examines the risks for senior teams as they manage the...

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CDC pensions outperform DB and DC schemes

5 Oct 2020

Collective defined contribution (CDC) pension schemes would be expected to average 70% higher than defined contribution (DC) annuities and 40%...

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Furlough bonus guidance published

2 Oct 2020

The government has published details of the one-off bonus that employers can claim if they keep previously furloughed employees on...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2020: Testing, Brexit and redundancy

2 Oct 2020

As the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases rose in the last month, employers have been asking questions about testing for...

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Mind the disability gap: why small business must not be a no-go area for occupational health

2 Oct 2020

Small businesses are often thought of as something of a no-go area for occupational health provision and support – not...

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Deloitte

Deloitte partners to take major pay cut

1 Oct 2020

Partners at professional services giant Deloitte in the UK are set for a 17% pay cut because of the Covid-19 pandemic's impact.

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Bearers of bad news: what HR needs to know about insolvency

30 Sep 2020

With so much economic strife on our doorstep HR leaders will have to take a deep breath and confront the difficult issue of company insolvency.

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Boohoo’s board knew about poor workplace conditions

28 Sep 2020

Boohoo’s senior directors knew about ‘serious issues’ with workplace conditions at the company’s Leicester factories since at least last December, a review has concluded.

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Facing an annual leave backlog? Employers’ questions answered

24 Sep 2020

After the government’s announcement this week that stricter coronavirus restrictions could be in place for a further six months –...

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Pay freezes take hold as median award hits zero

24 Sep 2020

The headline pay award for the three months to the end of August dropped to zero, according to the latest...

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Coronavirus only proves that SMEs need employee benefits

24 Sep 2020

Employee benefits have already proven their worth during the Covid-19 pandemic, but Steve Herbert believes they’ll become more important to...

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