Family Friendly working in 2014 – How are we doing?

24 November 2014

By Michelle Singleton, Assistant Policy Officer at UNISON.

Since 1998 there have been great improvements that have transformed family friendly policy and childcare provision, there is far more support than ever before. New legislation on flexible working, parental leave and proposals on more support towards the costs of childcare are welcome but is it all good news and are there still areas yet to be tackled?

Legislating without reason – the government’s plans for employment agencies

17 November 2014

By Sonia McKay, Professor of European Socio-Legal Studies at London Metropolitan University.

The Coalition government plans to change the law covering employment agencies, despite offering no evidence that such changes are necessary. For a government that consistently promotes de-regulation in the field of employment, proposing more regulation sends out warning signs and means that it is worth scrutinising their plans and reflecting on what their real intentions are 1
. The regulations, the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2014, which come into force next month, require employment agencies in the UK always to advertise jobs here and in English. The regulations state that employment agencies:

Pensions dispute: Bullying tactics violate workers' human rights

11 November 2014

By Professor Alan Bogg, University of Oxford and Professor K D Ewing, King’s College London.

How should workers respond to bullying and intimidation tactics used by employers during industrial action disputes? Two leading academics consider the current dispute in the university sector.

POSTPONED: Lock v British Gas

6 November 2014

By Camilla Belich.

The Leicester Employment Tribunal is due to consider the CJEU decision on commission payment during holiday this February.

Article 4: Prohibition of slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour

31 October 2014

By Virginia Mantouvalou, Reader in Human Rights and Labour Law and Co-Director of the Institute of Human Rights; UCL, Faculty of Laws

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