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Following the Germanwings tragedy, a study by AXA PPP reveals that seven in ten managers do not believe that mental illness justifies staff taking time out of work. The study also found that a quarter of staff suffer with mental health problems each year and of those surveyed, only 39% said that they would admit that stress, anxiety or depression was the reason for them calling in sick. The mental health charity Mind characterised the survey’s results as "worrying".
Survey by AXA PPP reveals worrying attitude among managers towards employees suffering from stress, anxiety or depression
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Latest World Economic Forum figures suggest that, whilst the UK’s #employment rates are rising, #female staff are being left behind at work. The WEF’s rankings put the UK in 26th place - down from 18th place a year ago - with weak scores for female pay and promotion opportunities.
Public sector job cuts and an increase in insecure jobs have hit female workers. Vicky Pryce explains why the gender pay gap is not shifting
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HM Revenue & Customs have named and shamed 48 employers, including high-street retailers, who have failed to pay their staff the national #minimumwage. The employers collectively owe their workers £162,000 and could face fines of up to £67,000 as a result of their breach. The companies have 28 days to respond to the allegations against them.
Ministers name 48 firms they say have repeatedly failed to pay their workers the national minimum wage.
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New ONS figures reveal #unemployment has declined 102,000 to 1.86 million. However, disappointing #wage data suggests a slowing down of wage growth- as average wages grew at an annual rate of 1.6% in the three months to January.
Office for National Statistics said average earnings, excluding bonuses, grew at an annual rate of 1.6% in the three months to January
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An investigation conducted by The Independent reveals that none of the high street retail chains have guaranteed their staff #livingwage, which aims to ensure a decent minimum standard of living. There are around 1,200 accredited living wage employers, including KPMG, Barclays and Nationwide.

 
Retailers have come under fire after investigations by The Independent revealed that not a single high street retail chain has guaranteed staff the living wage.
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An amendment to the Small Business Bill could force large UK Companies to publish details of #averagepay for male and female workers. #Employers who do not comply could face fines of up to £5,000. Under the current voluntary approach, only five companies have put published information on their gender #paygap.
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#Employers who have failed to pay employment tribunal awards could be named and shamed under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. The Bill also aims to introduce financial penalties for employers who fail to pay awards or ACAS settlements. The department for Business, Innovation and Skills is currently conducting further research on enforcement action taken by claimants, the results of which will be published this summer.
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Compiled data from the Financial Conduct Authority shows that 1,367 cases of #whistleblowing were opened in 2014, which represents a 44% increase from the 2013 figures - and a 142% increase from 2012. The rise is thought to be explained by recent Government initiatives encouraging #employees to report bad practices and wrongdoing.
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New statistics have shown an increase in the number of female executives on the boards of top companies, with the result that there are now no all-male boards in the FTSE 100. Boards now have 23.5% female representation, putting the companies on track to meet the government’s target of 25% by the end of 2015. Progress has been slower in relation to small companies, but numbers are increasing nonetheless.
Britain's biggest companies have doubled the number of female directors, but some smaller firms still have all-male boards.
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Lord Wolfson, the chief executive of fashion chain Next, has suggested that rapid increases to staff pay would lead to a reduction in employment opportunities. Lord Wolfson argued that Next’s hourly rate of £6.70 was sufficient for most people to live on. He also challenged the notion of the living wage (currently £9.15 in London and £7.85 elsewhere), saying "No one can make a judgment about what constitutes a living wage, as everyone's circumstances are different".
Next chief executive Lord Wolfson defended comments made yesterday where he claimed £6.70 an hour – the amount he pays staff in his stores – is enough to live on for most people.
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Over 400 barristers have issued an open letter to the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, to challenge the fee regime in relation to tribunal claims. The letter claims that the fees, which were introduced in July 2013, are a "significant barrier to access to justice". The Employment Law Bar Association suggests that the introduction of fees has led to a 60% drop in the number of claims being heard.
An open letter published by more than 400 barristers says costs of up to £1,200 introduced by the justice secretary in July 2013 is ‘barrier to access justice’
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The UK is expected to create 8,000 jobs in the oil and gas industries over the next two years, according to a new report from the Royal Bank of Scotland. The report collated estimates of net job losses and gains across the industries and concluded that the recent slump in oil prices may not have as significant an impact on workforces than initially feared.
UK oil and gas companies expect to create thousands of jobs over the next two years despite the dramatic slide in oil prices.
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BDBF is a specialist employment law boutique based in the City of London. BDBF was set up by recognised leaders in the employment law field to deliver high quality advice that exceeds clients’ expectations and resolves (whether through litigation or settlement) the biggest workplace disputes.

We are most well known for the work we do on behalf of senior executives working in the world’s biggest financial institutions although we have a wealth of experience advising employees across a wide range of industries. We help individuals resolve the issues they face in their working lives in a way that leaves them financially protected and with their careers and reputations intact. We also work with businesses to pre-empt employment disputes and to find commercial and pragmatic solutions to their employee challenges.

The lawyers in the team have been ranked as amongst the best in the country by the independent directories: Chambers, The Legal 500 and Super Lawyers. Gareth Brahams and Arpita Dutt were cited in The Lawyer magazine as two of the ‘Hot 100 Lawyers to Watch’ in 2012 and 2011 respectively.

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