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News 8-14 October 2021

Published 15 October 2021

Here is the news for the last week.

Let’s start this week’s outing with calls for a pay rise for key workers.(1)  The National has a story on calls from SNP MP Angela Crawley, for three days miscarriage leave.(2)   We have an article which looks at workplace stress and burnout.(3)   The government has announced its regulatory framework on ‘tipping’ in the hospitality sector five years after it began its consultation.(4)   Continuing on the theme of consultation the government has begun consulting on flexible work practices.(5)   The TUC have released a report on the government consultation into Further Education.(6)  We also have an article looking at the long term implications of long COVID.(7)  

Moving on to a business as usual footing, it looks as if gender pay reporting is having no measurable impact whatsoever.(8)   Irwin Mitchell have an article about a firm that lost an unfair dismissal after it sacked two male directors in order to reduce its gender pay gap.(9)   The government has also announced that it intends to introduce statutory carers leave.(10)  The TUC reports that a ‘high wage’ economy is now a distant dream at best with real wages having increased by just £2.50 a week since the financial crash 13 years ago.(11)

We conclude this week with a look at the great elephant in the room of all global news in the twenty first century, the impact of climate change and the workplace.(12)          

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