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....He had started working for Excel in September 2013. He signed contracts which referred to him as a "contractor" and "sub-contractor". ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....While announcing the approval President Trump called it a "great day for American jobs". "TransCanada will finally be allowed to complete this long overdue project with efficiency and speed," Mr Trump said in the White House Oval office, joined by TransCanada officials and contractors. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....But this is not a return to the era of 1950s and 1960s council building. What Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) is doing is partnering with contractors to build low-cost homes for first-time buyers and families alongside houses and flats to rent at affordable prices, and with tenants better protected. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....A second cycle courier has won the right to paid holidays and minimum pay in a ruling that could cause major upheaval in the gig economy. The central London employment tribunal ruled that Excel, a courier company which is now part of CitySprint, had unlawfully failed to award Andrew Boxer holiday pay and wrongly classed him as an independent contractor. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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How one council is beating Britain's housing crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 07:00:02 AM
....But this is not a return to the era of 1950s and 1960s council building. What Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) is doing is partnering with contractors to build low-cost homes for first-time buyers and families alongside houses and flats to rent at affordable prices, and with tenants better protected. ...
Second cycle courier wins holiday pay at gig economy tribunal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:56:13 PM
....A second cycle courier has won the right to paid holidays and minimum pay in a ruling that could cause major upheaval in the gig economy. The central London employment tribunal ruled that Excel, a courier company which is now part of CitySprint, had unlawfully failed to award Andrew Boxer holiday pay and wrongly classed him as an independent contractor. ...
Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:30:53 PM
....While announcing the approval President Trump called it a "great day for American jobs". "TransCanada will finally be allowed to complete this long overdue project with efficiency and speed," Mr Trump said in the White House Oval office, joined by TransCanada officials and contractors. ...
Cycle courier wins holiday pay battle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:17:29 PM
....He had started working for Excel in September 2013. He signed contracts which referred to him as a "contractor" and "sub-contractor". ...
From smugglers to supermarkets: the 'informal economy' touches us all image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 11:13:18 AM
.... Think sweatshops, migrant agricultural labour, unregistered miners. Researching the informal economy teaches us about the lives of many of the most vulnerable in our society - often uninsured, without contracts, sick days, unions, fair working conditions. ...
Britain trails most of Europe on maternity pay, says TUC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:01:18 AM
....Some employers in the UK offer more generous terms but not enough, said Ros Bragg, director of Maternity Action. “The vast majority of lower-paid and lower-skilled jobs do not come with contractual maternity pay,” she said. ...
Libor expert witness texted for help image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 09:37:35 PM
....The court heard Mr Rowe had given sworn evidence as an expert on Libor and credit derivatives in earlier trials including the 2015 trial of former UBS trader Tom Hayes. His text messages included one sent in June 2015, during the trial of Tom Hayes, where he said: "Got caught out on a couple of points, eg where yen Libor futures contracts trade. ...
Everton urged to end StubHub ticket partnership by supporters trust image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 06:57:44 PM
.... Tickets can also be cheaper on StubHub – there are £12 and £15 tickets available for Everton’s next home game against Leicester City, say – and the club argue it helps maintain security inside the ground as they have details of the people involved in transactions. But with the StubHub contract up for renewal this summer EST claims there are fairer solutions available to Everton. ...
Plusnet fined £880,000 for charging more than 1,000 ex-customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 02:35:18 PM
....He added: “Customers need to have confidence that providers are getting it right. For those that have ended their contract they need to be reassured that no further money will be taken for a service they have ceased to used. ...
Two major US technology firms 'tricked out of $100m' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 01:39:49 PM
.... . He also "forged invoices, contracts and letters" to hide his fraud from the banks he used. ...
Plusnet fined £880,000 by Ofcom for billing customers after contracts were cancelled image
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What everyone assumes about rights in the gig economy is wrong | Jason Moyer-Lee image
.... A prime example is the case of the courier firm Hermes, which has been accused of abusive practices and failing to pay the minimum wage. Similarly, despite the fact that bike courier Maggie Dewhurst wears a CitySprint uniform, has a CitySprint ID and delivers goods only for CitySprint, the company claimed she was an ”independent contractor”, ie running an independent courier business, and used this as an excuse to not give her holiday pay. ...
Sir Ian McKellen and Susan Sarandon back Picturehouse cinema boycott image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 07:00:28 AM
....Susan Sarandon and Sir Ian McKellen are among more than 25 actors and screenwriters urging the public to boycott the Picturehouse cinema chain, and Cineworld who own it, over its workers’ pay and conditions. The 24 cinemas in the Picturehouse chain, which are in cities including Liverpool, Bradford, Oxford and London, sell an upmarket boutique experience to its clientele, who pay up to £16 for tickets while some staff are on zero-hour contracts without sick pay and other benefits such as parental leave. ...
Why denying refugees the right to work is a catastrophic error | Paul Collier and Alexander Betts image
.... The only thing that makes the economic lives of refugees distinct from those of citizens or other migrants is the regulation that affects whether or not they can participate fully in the economy. In restrictive countries, refugees are often denied the right to own certain types of property, their contracts may not be enforced, and there may be restrictions on mobility and the right to work. ...
How many countries? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 12:01:18 AM
.... Instead, they're selected as official suppliers. Often these suppliers subcontract work to other factories for certain tasks, or in order to meet tight deadlines. ...
London cycle courier 'was punished for refusing work after eight hours in cold' image
....A courier delivering parcels in central London has described being punished for refusing work after eight hours of cycling in snowy weather, saying he received no paid breaks or holiday pay. Andrew Boxer is the latest to take on the battle to be classified as a “worker” rather than an independent contractor. ...
When it comes to deactivating ‘find my iPhone’, I’m lost image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 07:00:07 AM
. My iPhone, which I purchased from Tesco Mobile on a 24-month contract back in May 2016, stopped working in early January this year. ...
Fake data threat image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 12:11:20 AM
...."At the end of the day it can be edited and it can be changed," he says. "The problem then is if it is a legal contract without enough back-up, then it could be represented as something factual. ...
Jamie Oliver to launch new show as part of deal with Channel 4 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 03:41:50 PM
....The overhaul includes a rethink of his monthly food travel and lifestyle magazine, Jamie, which in December revealed year-on-year sales down by 10% to 47,445. Hearst, owner of Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar, has taken over the publishing contract and the repositioned magazine, targeting the urban female “foodie” market and focusing more on Oliver himself, is out this month. ...
Blurred lines? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:02:25 AM
....But all that physical shuffling around is a fuss. Much more efficient to structure insurance as a financial contract instead, something the Romans did a few millennia later. ...
THE CRUSADER: Holiday pair's hotel tangle image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:01:00 AM
....BEFORE CLICKING: Check the terms. Excessive fees to change a booking or a contract remain a sore point with consumers, and those that seem unquestionably unjust can fall into the category of unfair contract terms which breach consumer law and can be challenged. ...
UK Mail driver who was unable to work after car accident charged £800 image
.... UK Mail made a profit of £16m profit last year when it was bought out by the Deutsche Post DHL Group. The system of charges is written into the contracts of couriers who are paid per delivery. ...
Brexit Britain is suddenly debating trade – but it's the wrong talking point | Larry Elliott image
.... The EU has defences to protect against the dumping of goods at below global market prices. It also has rules governing the state aid that member countries can provide to their domestic firms and a public procurement regime that allows German companies to bid for government contracts in the UK. ...
The learners who are out of pocket  as Drive Dynamics stalls over lessons image
.... A month later he was still waiting. Drive Dynamics’ terms and conditions state that although it handles payments, a customer’s contract is with the instructor assigned to them, and it is the instructor who is responsible for issuing refunds. ...
A ‘jobs miracle’ that leaves millions worse off | Observer editorial image
.... Their prevalence is likely to grow, but today the bulk of labour market exploitation is of a more analogue nature. Sports Direct is perhaps the most infamous example of modern exploitation: workers on zero-hours and agency contracts subjected to dreadful working conditions more akin to a Victorian factory than a modern workplace. ...
Grayling hopes Brexit brings new apprenticeships in train image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 04:00:43 PM
. The Bombardier train factory teetered on the brink of closure in 2011, when it lost a key contract for British carriages to Germany. ...
Servicing Stop charges can start to add up image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 07:00:32 AM
.... It promises that all work conforms to manufacturers’ specifications and claims it has agreements with 1,500 garages in the UK. It makes its money by paying trade rates to the contracted garage, while charging the consumer a retail price. ...
Seven ways to teach your kids about money image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 06:30:31 AM
.... Students tend to be hit on by loads of banks, so explain the difference between an interest-free overdraft and a credit card with 16% APR. It is a good time to start a reasonable credit rating as they take over their own mobile phone contracts and register on the electoral role. ...
Paperback fighter: sales of physical books now outperform digital titles image
....42. The shift in ebook pricing reflects a change in the contractual terms agreed between Amazon, which controls up to 90% of the UK ebook market, and the major publishing houses. ...
Comma comeuppance: When rogue punctuation proves costly image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 09:44:01 AM
....When US defence giant Lockheed Martin signed a deal to build Hercules military transport aircraft for an unnamed air force, it knew manufacturing would take several years. So the contract it drew up in 1999 stated that the price of the planes would increase over time, to account for inflation. ...
BT Infinity broadband claims about speed are on the line image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 07:00:03 AM
....In November 2016 the BT sales team suggested that my problems could be resolved by upgrading to the faster and more expensive Infinity 2. I signed a 24-month contract. ...
Gig economy companies trying to have their cake and eat it, say workers image
. Companies operating in the gig economy are “having their cake and eating it” by treating workers like staff while avoiding the tax and regulations on employing people on full-time contracts, according to a study. ...
Student digs in Britain giving first-class returns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 03:40:59 PM
.... Analysts expect a similar number of transactions this year but say the UK market is already starting to look “mature” and investors are now looking further afield to build upmarket student accommodation across Europe. Last month, according to a construction survey by Barbour ABI, the value of contracts awarded to build student housing projects in the UK totalled more than the deals to build care homes, housing associations, local authority housing and sheltered housing added together. ...
Southern reaches new agreement with train drivers' union Aslef image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 05:57:48 PM
....RMT members have taken 30 days of strike action – the latest on Monday – and its disputes over staffing have now spread to Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North, where industrial action was also held this week. MPs have called on the government to take over the service in recent months, saying ministers were failing to enforce the terms of GTR’s contract, with hundreds of trains failing to run on time each day during the strike action. ...
TV company behind Question Time could sell for up to £300m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 03:54:39 PM
....Through another subsidiary, Mentorn Media, it makes Question Time, An Idiot Abroad, as well as dramas including The Politician’s Husband and Peter Kosminsky’s The Promise. In 2015, BT Sport extended its £35m-plus annual contract for Sunset + Vine to produce live coverage of Premier League and Champion’s League football and rugby union matches until 2018. ...
UK unemployment falls to joint lowest rate since 1975 but wages stall image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 11:27:55 AM
....”. The latest official snapshot of the UK jobs market also confirmed that the number of people on zero-hours contracts hit a record high of 905,000 in the final three months of 2016. ...
Jobless rate down but wage growth slows image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 09:32:42 AM
....7% in 2005 and has not been below that since the summer of 1975. The ONS also released data on the number of people on zero hour contracts in their main job, which rose by 101,000 between October and December to 905,000. ...
Trying to get a refund from Virgin Balloon Flights fails to take off image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 07:00:23 AM
....I have spoken with trading standards, which thought I would have reasonably good chances in court. The Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force after my purchase, so if I was to go to court I would have to rely on unfair terms in consumer contracts (UTCC) 1999. ...
Ikea drivers living in trucks for months image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:00:20 AM
....Emilian is not alone. We have seen the contracts of drivers working for some of Ikea's biggest contractors - each paid low Eastern European wages while working for months at a time in Western Europe. ...
Brazil prosecutor targets politicians in Petrobras scandal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 11:19:32 PM
....It is unclear if they include ministers in President Michel Temer's government. The Operation Car Wash investigates overpriced contracts at Petrobras. ...
'Lots of nurses have already left': EU workers head for exit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 12:26:28 PM
.... I have personally spoken to many doctors and midwives who are strongly considering leaving. I know of people who did not renew research contracts but I have not met anyone who has left already. ...
Too many firms game the system. They should be transforming lives  | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... In one of the richest countries on Earth, it is possible to be in work – but to be on such irregular hours or low pay that you are homeless or starving. Among the hundreds who come to Neo for food are nurses, Tesco staff and factory workers on temp contracts. ...
Employment agency at centre of Sports Direct scandal axed by Amazon image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 07:52:39 PM
....Transline, which denied ever misleading parliament, supplies far fewer workers to Amazon than to Sports Direct, as the former uses a smaller proportion of temporary workers. Transline confirmed it was still supplying Sports Direct, but did not respond to invitations to comment specifically on its Amazon contract. ...
‘To fly, to starve’ – BA cabin crew deserve better | Letter image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 05:38:47 PM
.... BA’s intransigence led to 21 days of strike action, endorsed by overwhelming ballot majorities, in one of the bitterest disputes of recent years. Ultimately, in 2011, the British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association (Bassa) successfully defended itself but the settlement conceded the introduction of a “mixed fleet” on vastly inferior contracts. ...
Asda offers staff a pay rise for 'flexible' contract image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 03:18:08 PM
. Asda is offering staff a higher wage in exchange for a new contract which will introduce unpaid breaks and a requirement to work over Bank Holidays. ...
Wanda's deal for Golden Globe firm collapses image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 02:28:41 PM
....A clampdown by the Chinese government on overseas investments is thought to be to blame. Eldridge Industries, the owner of Dick Clark Productions which runs the Golden Globes, said Wanda had failed to "honour its contractual obligations". ...
Intel buys driverless car technology firm Mobileye image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 12:09:06 PM
....Intel expects the driverless market to be worth as much as $70bn by 2030. Jerusalem-based Mobileye has contracts with 27 car makers. ...
Deal to allow individual Britons EU rights must go both ways, Theresa May told image
....”. They added: “Many of our staff don’t know whether absences abroad on research contracts will count against them. ...
Rags to revolution image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 12:12:14 AM
.... . But as a commercial class arose, needing contracts and accounts, cheaper writing material looked more attractive. ...
Five minute guide to getting the most form home sale image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 01:48:00 PM
....Cheap is not always cheerful, says Paula Higgins, chief executive of the Homeowners Alliance, as appointing the right estate agent can make the difference between a smooth sale and a bumpy, protracted nightmare. “Examine the small print on your agent’s contract. ...
Can .art domain give the art business an online boost? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 08:00:19 AM
....In each case, the suffixes are licensed by ICANN but administered by a third party, such as UKCI. For the most part, ICANN does not seek to enforce how delegated domains are operated, subject to certain contractual agreements that prohibit discriminatory practices. ...
Energy companies ‘ripping off’ millions, ministers say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 12:05:09 AM
....ON said it has seen a drop in wholesale costs and instead attributes the increase to government schemes such as renewable energy subsidies, levied on household energy bills. The motion to be debated on Thursday states that the House “deplores the big six energy firms’ treatment of out-of-contract energy customers on default tariffs; believes immediate action is needed to protect these consumers, and that pushing customers to start switching will not fix the problem sufficiently quickly or completely on its own; and calls on the industry, regulators and the Government to consider solutions which recognise that many people lead busy lives where switching their energy supplier may not always be a high priority. ...
After Brexit, Israel senses a chance to boost trade with UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 04:00:38 PM
....At his official residence on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, the British ambassador, David Quarrey, points to a growing economic relationship between the countries in the past 18 months. This included the biggest UK-Israel trade deal in history: Rolls-Royce landed a £1bn contract to service and maintain its Trent 1000 engines for the airline El Al and, in the other direction, the Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems is in a consortium that provides the Ministry of Defence with training aircraft and simulators. ...
Brexit and Bochum haunt Vauxhall in the new battle for Ellesmere Port image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 04:00:38 PM
.... “The shuttering of entire plants is therefore not excluded,” he says. Tavares has pledged to honour GM’s current contracts, which guarantee production of the Astra at Ellesmere Port until 2021, and the Vivaro van in Luton until 2025. ...
Citywing 'virtual airline' goes out of business image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 12:53:12 PM
.... . It also operated a route between Cardiff Airport and Anglesey under a public service contract with the Welsh Assembly Government. ...
Self-employed? See if you'll pay more in national insurance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 07:00:28 AM
.... It is expected that the government will produce a paper in the autumn setting out NI changes, which will look “potentially at what new rights could be given to people who are self-employed”. This is likely to follow the publication of a review into modern employment practices which is examining how the “gig economy” and temporary contracts are making work more precarious for millions at companies such as Hermes, Deliveroo and Uber. ...
Why are Britain’s new homes built so badly? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 07:00:27 AM
....”. Experts say the rush to build homes amid Britain’s chronic housing shortage, and the dominance of a few big building firms that use a multitude of subcontractors, are also to blame for poor building standards. ...
Has TalkTalk’s security been breached yet again? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 06:59:27 AM
.... Just two weeks later, she says she received a call from someone posing as a TalkTalk employee who knew all the details of her account. He knew about the contract upgrade and was able to quote both the router number and the new password sent only a few days before. ...
Markets in 'no doubt' on US rate rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 10:33:01 PM
....Friday's figures reinforce that expectation. Traders also see better than even odds of two further rate rises this year, based on the price of Fed funds futures contracts traded at CME Group's Chicago Board of Trade. ...
Striver? Tory architect of austerity George Osborne banks £1m fortune image
....George Osborne has been accused of dragging the reputation of politicians “deeper into the gutter” by trading his insider knowledge of government to Donald Trump’s favourite investment firm – and pulling in the highest-ever earnings of a sitting MP. As his successor Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the government’s latest austerity budget on Wednesday, the register of MPs’ interests was published – and the full details emerged of Osborne’s lucrative new contract with US money manager BlackRock which will see him collect at least £650,000 a year for just one day’s work a week. ...
Ferrari gives up F1 stake in exchange for Liberty Media stock image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 04:46:33 PM
....The acquisition of Delta Topco was fuelled with cash and stock which gave the sellers, led by the private equity firm CVC, a significant stake in Liberty. Ferrari was a beneficiary, too: the Italian motor marque was granted options on Delta Topco stock when it signed a contract to commit to race in F1 from 2013 to the end of 2020. ...
UK manufacturing output falls in January image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 10:30:57 AM
....Activity in the UK's industrial and construction sectors slowed in January, new figures show. The Office for National Statistics said industrial output contracted by 0. ...
Elon Musk offers to fix Australian power network in 100 days image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 09:17:43 AM
....When asked on Twitter how serious he was about the offer, Mr Musk said if Tesla failed, there'd be no bill. "Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. ...
Why is John Lewis tightening its belt? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 07:16:34 AM
....The company didn’t use the B-word, but the fall in the value of the pound against the dollar and the euro since the Brexit vote has made life more difficult for retailers. The cost of goods, such as clothing and electronics, has risen dramatically because contracts are agreed in dollars. ...
The Guardian view on trust in politics: pledges and conventions matter | Editorial image
.... The House of Lords does not, by convention, thwart measures that the government can say are electorally mandated by virtue of their publication in a manifesto. More generally, it matters if governments ignore their pre-polling pledges because there is no other documented contract between those who elect and those who are elected. ...
May and Hammond face serious Tory revolt over tax on self-employed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 04:59:51 PM
....He said: “There was a solemn promise in the manifesto not to increase national insurance rates. And the reality is, I worry, that the accusation could be made that it’s a bit like signing a contract but failing to look at the fine print. ...
No rights, more tax: this is Conservative ‘fairness’ for the self-employed | Frances O’Grady image
.... If they take on someone as an employee, they pay nearly 14% in national insurance. If they contract them as self-employed, they pay absolutely nothing. ...
'This is grossly unfair': self-employed readers react to NICs increase image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:21:03 PM
.... It is also unfair to have come up with this idea off the back of more people being self-employed. Although for someone like me self-employment is part of the career I have chosen – and I have no desire to be employed – lots of the newly self-employed are on zero-hours contracts. ...
Pret A Manger says one in 50 applicants is British image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:19:31 PM
....85 per hour. They get minimum contract hours, are paid for their breaks, and receive free food and drinks when working. ...
Trump's border tax could damage the US a lot more than a wall | Kenneth Rogoff image
....For starters, the overwhelming majority of US imports are priced in dollars, not foreign currency. So, even if foreign currencies become cheaper, it might not help importers locked into dollar contracts. ...
John Lewis slashes staff bonus to 6% – the lowest in 63 years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 09:28:42 AM
....John Lewis and Waitrose have both announced plans to cut hundreds of jobs in recent months as the group continues to cut costs. Mayfield reiterated his view there would be a continued “gradual decline” in staff numbers, as well as a reduction in the use of contractors and consultants. ...
Should we hand all our house money to our conveyancer? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 07:00:29 AM
....It’s also not clear why you think that you have to pay the whole £305,000 to the conveyancer straight away. Typically, you’ll be asked to hand over a deposit of 10% of the agreed purchase price to be paid to the seller’s solicitor at the point that contracts are exchanged. ...
DPD and Parcelforce face MPs' questions over working conditions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:58:20 PM
....Frank Field, the Labour MP who chairs the work and pensions select committee, has written to the bosses of both companies asking them to contribute to an ongoing inquiry into the gig economy, after the Guardian revealed drivers were charged up to £250 if they could not provide cover when they were ill. Field set the companies a deadline of 20 March to provide details of their contracts with “owner-driver” couriers. ...
Philip Hammond’s budget – our writers give their views | Polly Toynbee, Zoe Williams, Frances Ryan, Faiza Shaheen and Kate Maltby image
....He announced modifiers to the business rate hike that sound good on their own – especially for pubs – but only if you forget what extraordinary rate increases are underpinning them. He set his sights particularly on the self-employed, describing at tedious lengths the difference in national insurance contributions between a self-employed person earning £32,000 and their peer on PAYE; he did not mention that 91% of self-employed people are earning £20,000 or less, 84% are living in poverty (based on their self-employed earnings), and that self-employment generally reflects newly precarious working conditions in which employers avoid giving contracts in order to sidestep rights. ...
Blood couriers launch case challenging self-employed status image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 05:19:22 PM
....Five cyclists, motorcyclists and van drivers carrying emergency blood supplies to hospitals and samples to laboratories on Tuesday launched a claim challenging their self-employed status in the first gig-economy test case to hit the healthcare sector. The couriers, who all work for The Doctors Laboratory, a company which provides pathology services to the NHS, argue that they are employees and not independent contractors. ...
Brazil's recession worst on record image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 01:00:14 PM
....Brazil has been in recession for two years, the latest figures show, marking the deepest economic decline since records began. The economy contracted by 3. ...

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