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The Prime Minister is ’tilting at windmills’ on working time, says TUC

The TUC has accused the Prime Minister of ’tilting at windmills’ ahead of his speech last Friday on the European Union. Conservative MPs wrongly accuse the Working Time Directive of being a burden on the UK economy, says the TUC, yet David Cameron has chosen to make his big speech in the Netherlands – a…

Prime Minister supports Payroll Giving

The Prime Minister has expressed his support for Payroll Giving as the scheme celebrates its 25th year. A giant card was delivered to 10 Downing Street by the Association of Payroll Giving Organisations (APGO) to mark the occasion and thank its supporters. “The amount of money that people give to charities in this country is…

Female quotas for Britain’s boardrooms?

Prime Minister David Cameron was lambasted for failing to rule out the introduction of female quotas into top FTSE boardrooms when speaking at the Stockholm summit yesterday. Almost exactly a year ago, Lord Davies launched his independent review into Women on Boards. His report recommended that UK listed companies in the FTSE 100 should aim…

The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) has welcomed government plans to review sickness absence and the effect it has on British businesses. In a new survey carried out by CIPD and private healthcare firm Simplyhealth, the average number of days taken off work each year due to ill health was found to be…

Government scales back criminal checks

The government has unveiled plans to scrap some criminal checks for people working with children or vulnerable adults, claiming the previous regime was overly officious and deterred some volunteers. Under the terms of the reforms to the vetting and barring scheme, the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority will be merged to create one…

Minister unveils work experience scheme

Employment minister Chris Grayling has outlined new plans to tackle youth unemployment and stressed the importance of helping youngsters into work to help boost the economic rebound. Under the proposals, young people will be allowed to take work experience placements of up to eight weeks before having jobless benefits cut, thereby theoretically making the scheme…

Youth unemployment close to 1m

New figures have revealed that the number of young Britons out of work edged closer to the one million mark in the three months ending in November, sparking fresh concerns about youth unemployment. According to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), one in five people aged between 16 and 24 – a…

CIPD issues cautious welcome to paternity overhaul

Plans to allow new fathers to take advantage of mothers’ unused maternity leave have received a “cautious welcome” from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg outlined the reforms at an event in London yesterday (January 17th 2010), revealing plans to hold a consultation on the issue and implying…

New figures  from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal the number of people killed at work between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010 fell to a record low, provisionally standing at 151. “While the figures are undeniable proof that the health and safety framework in Britain is working, even one worker’s death is…

Unison has accused the government of "scaremongering" and "peddling myths" about the state of public sector pensions. General secretary Dave Prentis stated that deputy prime minister Nick Clegg had been warning about the threat to the UK economy of reducing pension rewards, but was now getting workers to pay for a recession instigated by bankers.…

Prime minister David Cameron has announced that Lord Young of Graffham has been drafted into the coalition cabinet as an adviser on health and safety practice. As a result of the appointment Lord Young, who joined the House of Lords in 1984, will undertake a "Whitehall-wide review" of health and safety laws and analyse the…

A UK employment body has said it is keen to meet with the new Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable to discuss possible changes to Agency Work Regulations. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said working with the government on the issue is an "immediate priority" for the recruitment industry. REC head of policy…