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News in February 2017
22 Feb 2017 ´Wellbeing days´ and opening up dialogue around mental health could help tackle £9bn ill-health bill

Organisations have been compelled by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) to prioritise wellbeing as much as sickness, in order to rectify Britain´s growing sickness absence rate. The government body also suggested a range of potential ideas, such as ‘wellbeing days´ an...

13 Feb 2017 Plumber wins landmark case for workers´ rights in gig economy

A plumber from London has won a legal battle for employment rights, which could have a knock-on effect on the UK´s burgeoning ‘gig´ economy, the Independent reports. Gary Smith worked for Pimlico Plumbers on a self-employed basis for six years leading to 2011. After being ...

06 Feb 2017 Zero-hours contracts scrapped at Homebase

Staff at retail chain Homebase will no longer have to accept zero-hour contracts, after new company owner Bunnings decided to scrap them for UK workforce, the Telegraph reports. Australian DIY chain Bunnings bought Homebase last year for £340m. Along with plans to open at least five pi...

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