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Survey Shows 69% Of Drivers Don`t Know Minimum Legal Tyre Tread Depth

A recent survey by Venson Automotive Solutions came up the worrying statistic that 69% of drivers in the UK did not know what the minimum legal tyre tread depth was. This is particularly concerning as it is believed that 40% of accidents on the road which culminate in serious or fatal injuries are down to defective tyres. And if you don`t know the minimum legal tyre tread depth in the UK is 1.6 mm.
Concerning Statistics From Survey In the survey it was revealed that 31% of motorists never check their tyre tread depth, instead...

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Will There Be Changes In Equal Pay Laws In The Brexit Fallout?

There are fears among many women`s groups that coming out of the European Union could have a serious effect on many of the laws surrounding women and in particular employment law including equal pay. The EU sets strong minimum standards regarding the protection of workers of all their member states but once the UK leaves many of these standards could end up being seriously watered down according to many critics.

Caps On Gender Discrimination Claims The areas where women may be affected include not being able to take any cases to...

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Cases Of Harassment On The Rise In Northern Ireland

There have been concerns about the rise in harassment cases in Northern Ireland over the last 10 to 20 years. The upsurge in these types of cases have largely down to the huge popularity of social media channels along with the proliferation of smartphones.
Statistics On Harassment It is believed that on average 7 people a day are the victims of harassment in Northern Ireland...

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Feedback Requests Following An Interview

Recent research has shown that a vast majority of young people (in the 17 to 23 year old bracket), 77% of the young people involved in the research to be exact, believed that feedback from an employer after an interview should be mandatory. There has actually been a Twitter campaign struck up for this very issue, #fightforfeedback, which wants it to be made law that employers give the interviewee feedback after a face to face interview.
Why Giving Feedback Can Be An Issue Through this campaign people are being actively encouraged to ask for feedback after an...

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Why Not Dealing With Grievances In The Workplace Can Be A Costly Affair

If you are an employer and you have an employee who brings a grievance to you, it is important that you look into the grievance even if you think there are very little grounds for it. Here is an example from a situation which arose in 2014 and which came to court in 2016 leaving the employer severely out of pocket.
Workplace Grievances Paul Hoyte of Afro-Caribbean descent worked for Jaguar Land Rover and went on sick leave in 2014, citing a...

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Plans For Fixed Costs For Tour Operators In Holiday Sickness Claims

Following on from the raft of what are believed to be bogus holiday sickness claims made by some UK holidaymakers over the last few months, the government have announced plans to introduce fixed costs for tour operators who are defending these types of claims. They believe that bringing in such fixed costs will reduce the number of bogus claims which they say are damaging the reputation of UK holidaymakers abroad.
Indeed it has got so bad in some Spanish resorts that a few hotels have resorted to banning people from...

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Can Employers Insist That An Employee Works From Home?

Homeworking is becoming a more and more popular practice here in the UK. The growth of flexible working hours, the way the internet has changed working practices and the worsening traffic issues in our towns and cities have made working from home a very viable and sensible option for a great many employees. The stress and time it takes to commute to and from the office can be erased if someone can work from home.
Both employers and employees alike can usually see the advantages of homeworking, but what if an employer wants an employee...

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Thinktank Urges Government To Extend Minimum Wage Legislation

A thinktank called the Resolution Foundation has called on the Government to extend the minimum wage legislation so it covers more self employed workers, some of whom are on extremely low pay scales. These would include mini cab drivers such as Uber drivers and other self employed workers. There are nearly 5 million self employed workers in the UK and the Resolution Foundation believes they need more protection so that minimum wage rules are upgraded and enforced with these workers in mind.
The Resolution Foundation The Resolution Foundation is non-partisan and was created to help in improving the living standards of those people...

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Procedures For Putting Employees On Light Duties

If an employee is awaiting surgery or they have some injury or illness which restricts their working capacities it may be the case that an employer puts them on light duties until they are fully recovered. Here are the correct procedures for if and when this situation arises.
Employee Risk Assessment The first thing an employer needs to do is to carry out a risk assessment. This should be...

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Can An Unsigned Contract Be Altered?

Here is a very interesting question for you. Say that an employer has decided to employ a certain person after a successful job interview and they have sent this person an employment contract to read through and sign (and by the way contrary to what many people do it is ALWAYS a good idea to read through the whole of your contract before you put your name to it). But the employer then decides that they would like to alter something on the contract. In this scenario would the employer be entitled to change the contract due to it not yet being signed and returned?
The answer is it depends very much on the prospective employee. If they have not yet done anything that would...

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