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.... That kind of work has grown hand in hand with the rise of online shopping, and platforms such as the taxi-hailing app Uber and the takeaway delivery service Deliveroo. Most of those companies say they hire independent contractors, who miss out on rights such as the minimum wage and sick pay. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said his organisation had long argued that, given limited resources, the government should focus its spending on where it was needed most. “As it stands, a family with a household income of nearly £200,000 will be eligible for the scheme, while another where, for example, one partner works 15 hours a week at the minimum wage in addition to volunteering, training, or further education, will not. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Self-employed independent contractors are not entitled to holiday pay, sick pay or pension contributions. In contrast those categorised as workers have a degree of independence and can be self-employed but they are also entitled to limited rights including the national minimum wage and holiday pay. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... It broke Apple’s privacy rules by writing its own code. Its so-called self-employed drivers are offered car-leasing arrangements that tie them into onerous obligations; their complaints are poorly handled and many end up earning less than the minimum wage. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....My partner began a degree in PE and education but never completed it, partly because the course wasn’t right for him. After travelling abroad and doing a series of seemingly random jobs, he is back in the UK and working in an engineering job, which pays minimum wage, is physically demanding and dangerous at times. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Frances O’Grady on insecure work: ‘the heartbreaking bit is  they think it’s normal’ image
.... That kind of work has grown hand in hand with the rise of online shopping, and platforms such as the taxi-hailing app Uber and the takeaway delivery service Deliveroo. Most of those companies say they hire independent contractors, who miss out on rights such as the minimum wage and sick pay. ...
‘Think about becoming a personal trainer’ – our work expert responds image
....My partner began a degree in PE and education but never completed it, partly because the course wasn’t right for him. After travelling abroad and doing a series of seemingly random jobs, he is back in the UK and working in an engineering job, which pays minimum wage, is very physically demanding and dangerous at times. ...
The Guardian view on Uber after Kalanick: only window dressing? | Editorial image
.... It broke Apple’s privacy rules by writing its own code. Its so-called self-employed drivers are offered car-leasing arrangements that tie them into onerous obligations; their complaints are poorly handled and many end up earning less than the minimum wage. ...
Tories' 30-hour free childcare plan fails to target poor families, says expert image
....Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said his organisation had long argued that, given limited resources, the government should focus its spending on where it was needed most. “As it stands, a family with a household income of nearly £200,000 will be eligible for the scheme, while another where, for example, one partner works 15 hours a week at the minimum wage in addition to volunteering, training, or further education, will not. ...
Government inspectors should enforce workers’ rights, says Law Society image
....Self-employed independent contractors are not entitled to holiday pay, sick pay or pension contributions. In contrast those categorised as workers have a degree of independence and can be self-employed but they are also entitled to limited rights including the national minimum wage and holiday pay. ...
My partner wants a job in sport and education – how should he approach it? image
....My partner began a degree in PE and education but never completed it, partly because the course wasn’t right for him. After travelling abroad and doing a series of seemingly random jobs, he is back in the UK and working in an engineering job, which pays minimum wage, is physically demanding and dangerous at times. ...
Incomes squeeze denied May a landslide – now she must change course image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 01:06:01 PM
.... The government has recognised that voters are unhappy about falling living standards and have had enough of cuts. Deficit reduction will now play second fiddle to the need to raise real incomes, so expect a generous uplift in the minimum wage and an easing of curbs on public sector pay as signs that the age of austerity is over. ...
Revealed: reality of life working in an Ivanka Trump clothing factory image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 04:02:30 AM
....The reality of working in a factory making clothes for Ivanka Trump’s label has been laid bare, with employees speaking of being paid so little they cannot live with their children, anti-union intimidation and women being offered a bonus if they don’t take time off while menstruating. The Guardian has spoken to more more than a dozen workers at the fashion label’s factory in Subang, Indonesia, where employees describe being paid one of the lowest minimum wages in Asia and there are claims of impossibly high production targets and sporadically compensated overtime. ...
US oil firm Halliburton branded ‘obscene’ over unpaid UK internships image
....”. Interns in the UK are entitled to the national minimum wage unless they are under 16 or are taking part in a student internship for less than a year as part of a school or university course. ...
Two pharmacy chains announce they will not pass on penalty rate cuts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of June 2017 09:32:24 AM
....He said that, following this week’s 3. 3% rise in the minimum wage, Coles and Woolworths would pay $64 less for a seven-hour shift on a Sunday than a small business, for instance. ...
General Election result is make or break for investors image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of June 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Adrian Lowcock, investment director at wealth managers Architas, claims shares in Royal Mail could be hammered as Labour has threatened it with renationalisation. “Retailers such as M&S, Next, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons could be hit, too, by Labour’s promised rise in the minimum wage to £10 an hour. ...
Undercover activist detained at Ivanka Trump shoe supplier image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of May 2017 05:30:37 AM
....CLW said Mr Hua was detained in Jiangxi province on suspicion of illegally using eavesdropping equipment but that this allegation had "no factual basis". The group's executive director, Li Qiang, told the BBC the firm Mr Hua had been investigating, Huajian Group, had "violated workers' rights in ways that included: forced overtime, wages lower than China's legal minimum wage, managers' verbal abuse of workers, and violations of women's rights". ...
Deliveroo accused of 'painting a false picture' at work tribunal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 04:23:13 PM
....Deliveroo has been accused of running a campaign of misinformation and implementing last-minute changes to contracts in an effort to prevent riders from gaining better employment rights. In a key case relating to the gig economy, the Central Arbitration Committee is investigating whether Deliveroo’s drivers are independent contractors, as the company argues, or whether they should be classified as workers with rights to holiday pay, the national minimum wage and collective bargaining via a union. ...
TUC urges government to help boost pay as debt nears record levels image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 05:01:19 AM
....The TUC has urged the next government to take action to boost pay as it warned that borrowing to top up wages was poised to breach the record levels hit just before the financial crisis of a decade ago. Frances O’Grady, the TUC general secretary, expressed alarm at the steady increase in unsecured debt – which excludes mortgages – and called for a higher minimum wage and an end to the tough pay curbs in the public sector. ...
TUC warns household debt will rise to £15,000 by 2020 image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 12:00:00 AM
...."The next government must act urgently to deliver the higher wages Britain needs for sustainable growth. They must boost the minimum wage, and end pay restrictions for public servants like nurses, firefighters and midwives. ...
Thousands of protesters brand McDonald's the 'Trump of corporations' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 12:26:03 PM
....Thousands took to the streets of downtown Chicago on Tuesday night calling McDonald’s the “Donald Trump of corporations” and protesting low wages and sexual harassment at the world’s largest fast food chain a day before the company’s annual shareholder meeting. The protest, coordinated by pressure groups including Fight for $15, a union-backed lobby group calling for a hike in US minimum wage, plan a second day of protests at McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting in Chicago on Wednesday morning. ...
Unions say Tories' zero-hours workers' review doesn't go far enough image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 09:42:36 AM
....“There is a mechanism for the individual to initiate this discussion where they want more flexibility, but not where they want less,” the CBI said. “A right to request fixed or more fixed hours should be introduced on the same basis as the right to request flexible working, as a more effective tool to address these issues, without undermining workers’ options or the enforcement of the minimum wage. ...
'Ordinary' people image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 11:27:59 PM
....It has since risen faster than both inflation and average earnings. The bar was raised further with the introduction of the National Living Wage in April 2016, bringing a 70p hourly pay rise to millions of minimum wage workers aged 25 and over. ...
Record 60% of Britons in poverty are in working families – study image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 04:11:53 PM
....”. The minimum wage could help to reduce poverty, but the relationship between low pay and in-work poverty was weaker than often assumed, Hick said. ...
Sports Direct recruiter Transline sold to rival Russell Taylor Group image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 05:16:24 PM
.... An HMRC investigation followed, which resulted in a deal where the retailer, Transline and a second agency, the Best Connection, agreed to stump up about £1m in backpay to affected workers. It emerged at a parliamentary select committee hearing in March that Transline, which supplied about half the workers at Shirebrook, had failed to honour part of that deal, leaving scores of workers who were paid less than the legal minimum wage without the backpay they were owed. ...
Cineworld bosses to meet union over living wage dispute image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 08:09:01 AM
....Last autumn the Curzon chain agreed to pay all staff, including agency workers, the living wage. However, Cineworld’s other main rival, Odeon, pays the minimum wage of £7. ...
Royal Mail posts strong rise in profits as parcels improve image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 06:33:54 AM
....". Despite the strong performance from its international operation, the company described its Italian and French businesses as "challenging" and said it had lost out in Germany due to a rise in the minimum wage. ...
Uber faces legal threat from union over London licence image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 04:27:11 PM
....The threat of legal action from the GMB comes after Uber drivers and the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, the trade body for London’s black-cab drivers, called for minimum employment rights and better regulation of private hire taxi operators including the US company. The GMB backed a successful employment tribunal case last year against Uber that ruled its drivers were not self-employed contractors but workers, and were therefore entitled to the national minimum wage and holiday pay. ...
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg in call to help working mothers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 07:24:19 PM
....Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg has made a US Mother's Day call for the government to do more for working women. The social media giant's chief operating officer called for a higher minimum wage, paid family leave and affordable childcare. ...
Office sauna image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 12:30:10 AM
....Twenty-somethings might enjoy the perks, says Clare Coatman, of trade union body the TUC, but they must be in addition to, rather than instead of, decent pay and conditions. "Compare the cost of buying a ping-pong table to offering a living wage, rather than a minimum wage, and you start to cut through to the reality," she says. ...
Royal Mail firm launches review after admitting it denied courier benefits image
.... In its latest annual report, its directors said the “principal risk” to eCourier’s business was if employment tribunal judges ruled their couriers were workers, not independent contractors. Other major gig economy employers who together rely on tens of thousands of workers who do not benefit from sick pay, holiday pay and the right to a minimum wage are fighting similar claims that self-employed workers should have employment rights. ...
My boss messages me at all hours – what should I do? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 12th of May 2017 06:00:11 AM
.... I am contracted to work 9-5 Monday to Friday, though the nature of my job entails I do small check-up tasks at home in the evening. In addition to this, I’m on a salary that’s little more than minimum wage, but I’m now doing work in the evening plus weekends. ...
Deliveroo bows to pressure to change contracts for UK couriers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 06:16:37 PM
....”. But a trade union representing riders attacked the changes as an attempt to cement the notion that riders are independent contractors when some want to have the status of employed workers with rights including the minimum wage, sick pay and holidays. ...
New Uber blow as European legal adviser says service should be licensed like taxis image
....Georgios Petropoulos, an economist at Bruegel, a thinkank in Brussels, said the final ruling may also influence the employment law battles that Uber is fighting on whether drivers should be given the same rights as workers. An employment tribunal in London ruled last year that its licensed drivers should be classed as workers entitled to the national minimum wage, sick pay and paid holidays. ...
National minimum wage increases could cost jobs, IFS warns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 11:30:22 PM
.... . A Labour spokesperson said: "Labour's £10 an hour minimum wage is in line with reputable forecasts of the wage needed to maintain a decent standard of living by 2020 and put an end to poverty pay. ...
Dramatic minimum wage rises will put low-paid jobs at risk, says IFS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 05:47:26 PM
. Dramatic increases in the minimum wage planned by Labour and the Conservatives after the general election will put the jobs of low income workers in danger, a leading tax and spending thinktank has warned. ...
Uber should lose its licence if it doesn't improve workers' rights, say drivers image
....A group of minicab drivers, many employed by Uber, have joined black-cab drivers and unions in calling for improved workers’ rights to be a condition of Uber being able to renew its London licence later this month. United Private Hire Drivers, which says it has 1,200 members and organised a go-slow protest blocking roads in the capital in November last year, is calling on Transport for London to insist Uber and other minicab drivers are guaranteed basic employment rights, including the minimum wage and holiday pay, under the terms of its new five-year licence. ...
John Lewis takes £36m hit for minimum wage error image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 02:23:30 PM
....It said employees were paid the correct amount over the course of the year. However, those on hourly rates had sometimes seen pay dip below the minimum wage when they worked extra hours, technically breaking the rules. ...
Employment agency Transline and the art of alternative facts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 6th of May 2017 10:49:09 AM
....When you think you have a fact about the firm – Transline has an alternative one to proffer. So, after the company got caught paying workers at Sports Direct’s Derbyshire warehouse less than the national minimum wage, Transline insisted: “We do not breach national minimum wage legislation” – only to subsequently make some back payments to underpaid workers. ...
Record number of UK care homes declared insolvent image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 5th of May 2017 06:25:50 AM
....Chris Stevens, partner at FRP, warned that insolvencies in the sector were likely to remain high this year. He said: “The fall in sterling against the euro will exacerbate pre-existing pressure on staffing costs in a sector reliant on overseas workers to fill frontline staff vacancies, and where margins have come under increasing pressure from the rise in the minimum wage, pension costs and cuts in local authority funding. ...
Asos dumps controversial temp agency as Sports Direct row continues image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 06:17:22 PM
....The employment agency has experienced a torrid 16 months since the publication of a Guardian investigation into working conditions at Sports Direct, which resulted in a deal where the retailer, Transline and a second agency, the Best Connection, agreed to make about £1m available in back pay to affected workers. However, it emerged at a parliamentary select committee hearing in March that Transline had failed to honour part of that deal, leaving scores of workers who were paid less than the legal minimum wage without the back pay they were owed for their shifts. ...
HMRC steps up inquiry into employment status of Hermes couriers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 12:06:14 PM
....”. The union won a similar case against Uber last year, resulting in a ruling that the ride-hailing service should pay the minimum wage and grant drivers holiday pay and other benefits. ...
MPs call for end to 'bogus' self-employment image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 11:00:07 PM
.... . "This arrangement might not work for everybody, but for the many people who it does work for it is preferable to fixed hours on minimum wage. ...
General election 2017: May says Tories would not raise VAT image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 09:26:03 AM
....". Labour is also unveiling a "20-point plan" to tackle what it calls the "rigged economy", including increasing the minimum wage, banning zero hours contracts and ending the public sector pay freeze. ...
May vows to protect pensions from 'unscrupulous bosses' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 03:59:09 AM
....Meanwhile, Labour has announced a 20-point plan to end the "rigged economy" in the workplace. The plan includes giving all workers equal rights from day one; pledges to ban zero-hours contracts; guaranteeing trade unions a right to access workplaces; raising the minimum wage; banning unpaid internships; and amending company takeover rules to protect employees' pensions. ...
Labour party pledges to outlaw all zero-hours contracts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 09:01:09 PM
....The shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the policies would form “the cornerstone of the next Labour government’s programme to bring an end to the rigged economy that many experience in workplaces across Britain”. The package includes promises to increase the minimum wage to match the national living wage (expected to be at least £10 an hour by 2020) and to introduce a maximum 20:1 pay ratio between the highest and lowest earners in the public sector and in companies bidding for public sector contracts. ...
Uber to offer UK drivers sickness cover in return for £2-a-week fee image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 12:51:55 PM
.... To access the cover they will have to pay a £2 weekly premium, which Uber said it was subsidising. Uber was last year hit by an employment tribunal ruling that its drivers were wrongly classified as self-employed and should be classed as “workers”, a status that would grant them rights to sick pay, holiday pay and a guarantee of the national minimum wage. ...
Sports Direct staff supplier Transline faces administration image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 03:57:01 PM
.... . "Transline must not be allowed to dodge its responsibilities or the back pay it owes for non-payment of the minimum wage at Sports Direct. ...
Sports Direct agency Transline preparing for insolvency image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 10:49:04 AM
.... It also creates a moratorium around the business from action by creditors for 10 working days. The move comes after Transline was one of two employment agencies exposed by a 2015 Guardian investigation of paying temporary workers at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse less than the national minimum wage. ...
Theresa May promises personal tax allowance will go up to woo working-class voters image
....” . The number of employees earning the minimum wage in Britain will double to more than 10 per cent of the UK workforce by 2020 it has been warned. ...
The new status symbol: it’s not what you spend – it’s how hard you work image
.... The reason is simple: wages have barely budged since the 1970s, which means today’s workers have to work harder to make ends meet. Compare the woman working long hours for minimum wage with the woman working the same hours for $30m a year. ...
BHS crash sets trend for a chain of closures on UK high streets image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of April 2017 03:00:17 PM
.... “Profit margins are under pressure from the constant discounting and price reductions which are needed to cope with stiff competition. On top of this, costs are problematic, thanks to increases in business rates in the UK and minimum wage hikes in both countries. ...
Sports Direct breaks into US market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 08:32:02 AM
.... . Sports Direct has attracted controversy in the UK after coming under fire over zero hours contracts and the disclosure that staff at a warehouse were paid less than the minimum wage. ...
With a whiff of sulphur, George Osborne was gone – but for how long? | Polly Toynbee image
.... This month over £12bn benefit cuts fall on the low-paid, the sick and disabled. His raising of the minimum wage barely touches what he took away in tax credits within universal credit, in benefit freezes, and in ever rising bars to qualify for anything. ...
George Osborne: history will not be kind to a man whose flaws led to Brexit image
.... There would be fresh cuts in spending by government departments and £12bn of additional welfare cuts in order to put the public finances back in the black by the end of the parliament. Osborne softened the blow by announcing a souped-up national minimum wage and outlining plans to create a “northern powerhouse”. ...
Forget driverless tech – white-van man will keep on trucking | John Naughton image
.... One of the reasons the automation of jobs is happening so slowly at the moment is that, in important market segments, low wages make human employees cheap. Why invest in expensive, dextrous robots if you can have people on zero-hours contracts and pay them the minimum wage?. ...
White van nation: meet the drivers behind the on-demand economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 06:00:17 AM
.... DPD made the news recently after claims its drivers were charged £150 a day if they could not find their own sick cover. The “horror film” that so unnerved Lucas, a BBC Inside Out investigation, reported findings that drivers delivering Amazon packages were paid well below the minimum wage, once the various costs and fees that fell to them were factored in – sometimes as little as £2. ...
Zero-hours contracts: firms could be forced to pay more for short notice image
....In an interview with the Financial Times (£), Taylor said he was considering a plan to stop employers making workers bear the burden of the risk that they may not be needed. The proposal would see firms told to pay an increased rate above the minimum wage if they called upon workers whose contract requires them to be on standby for work. ...
How Uber conquers a city in seven steps image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 03:19:57 PM
.... The mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, saw it differently: “I am very concerned that Uber may have purposefully worked to thwart the city’s job to protect the public,” he told the Times. Uber has also fought hard against giving drivers, who are categorized as contractors, employment rights such as minimum wage, holiday and sick pay. ...
Sports Direct workers' representative faces 'uphill struggle' – union image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 08:37:03 AM
....The appointment of Alex Balacki, 30, follows a tumultuous 16 months for the retailer. This included its billionaire founder, Mike Ashley, being hauled before MPs to be questioned over “Victorian” working conditions at the company’s warehouse, following a Guardian investigation that exposed how workers at the depot were being paid less than the legal minimum wage. ...
Under-fire Barclays chief is probably guilty of behaving like a chump image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 11:01:12 PM
....It’s hard to see life getting easier for retailers any time soon. The apprenticeship levy and the higher national minimum wage are adding to their costs at a time when consumers are highly sensitive to prices rises. ...
Uber contract 'gibberish', says MP investigating gig economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 06:01:33 AM
....”. The employment tribunal ruled that its drivers are “workers”, with the right to holiday pay and the national minimum wage, rather than self-employed contractors. ...
Deliveroo accused of 'creating vocabulary' to avoid calling couriers employees image
....The business models of gig-economy companies such as Deliveroo and taxi app Uber are based on using thousands of self-employed contractors rather than employees – a move that saves them millions of pounds in holiday pay, sick pay and tax. The workers have no right to the minimum wage. ...
MPs urge crackdown on excessive pay to rebuild public trust in business image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 05:30:12 AM
....”. The committee highlighted revelations that workers at Sports Direct were being paid less than the legal minimum wage and the demise of BHS, which cost 11,000 jobs and prompted MPs to declare that the retailer had been subject to “systematic plunder” by former owners Sir Philip Green, Dominic Chappell and their respective “hangers-on”. ...
Asos chief says warehouse conditions are 'great' despite complaints image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 05:13:48 PM
....Unveiling a better than expected 38% surge in sales, Beighton said Asos’s twentysomething shoppers cared about the way their clothes were produced and ethically sourcing its products was “not optional” but a “business imperative”. He said the company had published a list of all its suppliers and put more resources into monitoring the factories it uses around the world in terms of working conditions, health and safety and minimum wage “throughout the supply chain”. ...
The case for a three-day weekend is clear – let’s start planning now | Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley image
.... The two-day weekend, statutory sick pay, maternity and paternity pay are all hard-won rights – they weren’t inevitable. A glance back at the Tories’ reaction to the idea of a minimum wage in the 90s should remind us that regressive forces dismissing an idea is no obstacle to it quickly becoming mainstream. ...
You're hired? New levy and tougher rules signal apprenticeship shakeup image
....However, not all employers share ministers’ enthusiasm. Some feel the levy is simply another burden on top of business rates bills, auto-enrolment pensions and rising minimum wage rates. ...
‘Don’t be apologetic, you’ve nothing to apologise for’ – our work expert responds image
....• I was made redundant by a retail firm just after Christmas. I secured alternative employment as a lab technician on minimum wage for a 37-hour week, and am happier because my work-life balance is restored. ...
Two million workers receive 4% pay rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 09:17:02 PM
....This means 21 to 24-year-olds will only receive a 1. 4% pay rise, and 18 to 20-year-olds will get a rise of less than 1% - although the minimum wage did rise significantly in October. ...
The UK must not let this Brexit crisis go to waste. Nor must the EU image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 01:53:07 PM
.... It is no accident that London was so strongly for remain in the referendum, but its economy has more in common with the crescent of prosperity running through northern Italy, eastern France, the Low Countries and the western Länder of Germany than it does with the rest of the UK. Similarly, free movement of labour has allowed employers to meet extra demand by taking on more staff at the minimum wage or just above, rather than by investing. ...
Hammond was right to raise tax for self-employed, inquiry to say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 01:13:37 PM
....This month, the Guardian revealed how DPD and UK Mail both charge their self-employed couriers if they are sick and cannot find cover. Hermes and Uber both require drivers to pay for their own vehicles, including fuel, hire and insurance, with no minimum guaranteed earnings, which in some cases has seen workers taking home below the national minimum wage. ...
Uber to shut down Denmark operation over new taxi laws image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 01:36:28 PM
.... Its drivers have been physically attacked in Paris, where two of its most senior European executives were also put on trial on charges of running an illegal transport service. Courts in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands have banned Uber’s low-cost UberPop service, which uses non-professional drivers, while an employment tribunal in London ruled its licensed drivers should be classed as workers with access to the minimum wage, sick pay and paid holidays. ...
Sports Direct workers paid less than minimum wage yet to get back pay image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 10:15:04 AM
. Scores of Sports Direct workers who were found to have been paid less than the minimum wage are yet to receive the back pay owed for their shifts. ...
Deliveroo riders plan legal action over employment rights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 04:37:56 PM
. A group of Deliveroo couriers is planning legal action against the food delivery firm to claim better employment rights including the minimum wage, sick pay and holiday. ...
Populism is the result of global economic failure image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 01:23:10 PM
....James Montier and Philip Pilkington, of the global investment firm GMO, say that the system which arose in the 1970s was characterised by four significant economic policies: the abandonment of full employment and its replacement with inflation targeting; an increase in the globalisation of the flows of people, capital and trade; a focus on shareholder maximisation rather than reinvestment and growth; and the pursuit of flexible labour markets and the disruption of trade unions and workers’ organisations. To take just the last of these four pillars, the idea was that trade unions and minimum wages were impediments to an efficient labour market. ...
Thought Mike Ashley was hard to work for? Meet Jennifer Hardy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 07:00:24 AM
.... But the history between the pair should ensure that relations remain frosty this week when Hardy is back in front of the same committee, now probing the future world of work. Hardy will no doubt have to talk through the way Transline has now refined some of its more controversial practices, including paying staff less than the minimum wage and the infamous “strikes” policy, where managers could sack workers for six “offences” such as spending too long in the toilet. ...
Pret a Manger to pay work experience recruits after criticism of unpaid scheme image
....com/dDzZWpbAOm. The minimum wage is £4 an hour for under 18s and £5. ...
Cycle courier wins holiday pay battle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:17:29 PM
....He argued that while at the firm, he was a "worker" as defined by the Employment Rights Act. Under the act, workers are entitled to basic rights including holiday pay and the national minimum wage. ...
Call for 'decently paid' maternity leave image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:18:17 AM
....That was nearly three times the EU minimum requirement of 14 weeks, a statement said. The TUC argues that statutory maternity pay should be at least as much as the minimum wage so mothers do not have to return to work prematurely. ...

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