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Lloyd’s of London calls time on drink and drugs at work

For most workers, telling them they can’t roll into the office stinking of alcohol or high on drugs is unnecessary – because it’s taken as read. This week, though, the giant Lloyd’s of London insurance market, in the City of London, is setting out a new code of conduct: it felt it needed to remind […]

Websites to be fined over ‘online harms’ under new government proposals

Internet sites could be fined or blocked if they fail to tackle “online harms” such as terrorist propaganda and child abuse, under government plans. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has proposed an independent watchdog that will write a “code of practice” for tech companies. Senior managers could be held liable for […]

Debenhams on brink of administration

Debenhams is on the brink of administration after it rejected a new offer from Sports Direct, made in the early hours of Tuesday, to pump £200m into the department store. Its shares were then suspended before Tuesday’s trading, at its own request. Debenhams is likely to go into pre-pack administration, under which shops would continue […]

Which? tells consumers not to trust rave reviews

Poor quality products are being boosted by inflated reviews on the websites of Britain’s biggest retailers – potentially misleading consumers, an investigation by Which? has found. The consumer champion looked at 15 products that it had rated as Don’t Buys, a status given to products that fail to meet the standards of its rigorous, independent […]

Waterstones staff hand in petition calling for living wage

Staff at Waterstones have delivered a petition to the book chain’s managing director calling for higher wages for its lowest paid workers. They’re backed by authors Philip Pullman, Joanne Harris and Nikesh Shukla who with 2,494 others signed an open letter to boss James Daunt. The petition calls for minimum pay of £9 an hour. […]

Centrica boss gets 44% pay rise after ‘challenging year’

The chief executive of the company which owns British Gas received a 44% rise in his pay last year to £2.4m. It means Iain Conn, who runs Centrica, is paid 72 times that of an employee in the lower quartile of its salary range – a smart energy expert paid £33,718. The pay deal comes […]

Work stress

Rise in stress at work linked to poor management says CIPD

Nearly two-fifths of UK businesses (37%) have seen an increase in stress-related absence over the last year, with heavy workloads and poor management style to blame, according to a new report from the CIPD and Simplyhealth. The research, which surveyed 1,078 people professionals, shows that stress is a growing problem in UK workplaces. Respondents say having […]

Disney being sued over claims it valued make workers more

Walt Disney Co. is being sued over claims it underpays female employees. Andrus Anderson LLP claims corporate policies, such as basing new employees’ wages on previous salaries, have a discriminatory effect on women. The legal action, brought on behalf of two women, claims the company does not have an internal mechanism to ensure women are […]

Eight ways to stay motivated in your career year round

According to a YouGov survey, priorities for 2019 included travel, getting a promotion or pay rise, followed by the resolution to improve mental health. This also includes people looking to eat better, exercise more, care for themselves better, learn new skills and get a new job. However, a survey conducted by Investors People had found […]

Gender Pay Gap: Things are getting worse

Fewer than half the UK’s biggest employers have succeeded in narrowing their gender pay gap, analysis by the BBC has found. Across 45% of firms the discrepancy in pay increased in favour of men, while at a further 7% there was no change. Overall, 78% of companies had a pay gap in favour of men, […]