The Chancellor resists wholesale changes during his first and last Autumn Statement. They don’t call him ‘Box Office Phil’ for nothing. Pro-Brexiters complained the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was overly pessimistic. Supporters pointed out that he would have been...
They’re one of a range of tools employers can use to ensure their workforce has the flexibility to respond to demands. They’re unfairly demonized and the majority of people on them are perfectly happy. Or, to put it another way, zero-hours contracts are a workplace evil, with employees frog-marched onto them against their will, forever ruining their chances of getting a mortgage or secured loan.
So where do you stand?
Organisations that run or have access to occupational health schemes reduce the duration of employee sickness – and the costs associated with it – compared with those that don’t. But occupational health services have traditionally been the preserve of larger, wealthier organisations. Until now.
This year’s rise in the minimum wage has now taken effect. The 11p increase, which lifts the minimum from £6.08 per hour to £6.19 (for workers aged 21 and over) is lower than the rate of inflation, and (slightly) lower than the typical rise in earnings. So is the minimum wage still paying its way?