Zero Hours contracts, while not new, are now firmly under the political and media spotlight. Employers, such as Sports Direct, JD Wetherspoons and McDonalds, are being 'named and shamed' in the press for their use of this practice. These contracts are traditionally used in the retail sector where staff demands often fluctuate.
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In the modern labour market and economic climate, internships have become popular. Individuals can gain valuable experience which can give them the edge with future employers. But what are the pitfalls for businesses tapping into this talent pool? Often interns may be employees or workers, in which case they will benefit from certain rights and protections.
The Government proposes to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees. This right had been expected to come into force in April 2014 but BIS has recently confirmed that it will be no longer possible to implement on that date and the Government will look to implement at "an appropriate date as soon as possible this year".
Many housing associations are currently grappling with the challenges thrown up by membership of the SHAPS pensions scheme and, in particular, the liabilities associated with final salary and other defined benefits (DB) options. Recently described by Employers in Voluntary Housing (EVH) and Unison as "the biggest industrial relations challenge the sector has faced", many boards are presently facing weighty decisions on whether to cease to offer final salary accrual options and ordain that all future benefits be offered under the Scottish Housing Associations' Pension Scheme (SHAPS) or another defined contribution scheme.
Things are hotting up for Samantha Kinghorn – literally. The 18-year-old wheelchair racer, Harper Macleod's Athlete Ambassador for Glasgow 2014, headed off to the UAE on Wednesday, February 19 to get some valuable warm weather training and take part in two high-class international race meets.