From the TUC

Working Life (page 26)

Snow excuse for bad employers

03 Feb 2009, by in Working Life

I’ve just had a phone call from an employee whose boss told him that he would be treated as “absent without leave” yesterday, even though he had phoned his workplace and left a message saying that he would not be able to get to work because there were no buses running throughout the city. This took place on…




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Doom-mongers overplay holidays for the sick judgement

21 Jan 2009, by in Working Life

If you read “business attacks ruling on holidays” in the FT today, or the Sun’s lurid “fury over sick pay ruling” you might be excused for thinking that this week’s ruling from the European Court of Justice was all about the EU bashing British business. Luckily, much of the business reaction is either spin or bunkum.




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Digby Jones: get a life!

16 Jan 2009, by in Labour market, Politics, Working Life

At first I thought that Digby Jones’ was being ironic when he claimed that being a junior government minister was “one of the most dehumanising and depersonalising experiences” anyone could have.  But then I recall that this is the same man who chose “Simply the Best” by Tina Turner as one of his Desert Island Discs…




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Tough talk on rogue employment agencies

04 Dec 2008, by in Working Life

A satisfying change in tone from the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate which is now in the business of “purging” rogue employers rather than denying that any of them exist. Still, with only 26 inspectors nationally it will remain hard pressed to prevent the worst practice.




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