UK workers are putting in more than 13 extra days of work a year

The average UK worker (36.7 per cent) puts in more than 13 extra working days a year, with two thirds (64 per cent) admitting they often work more than their contracted hours. What’s more, as many as one in four (24.8 per cent) could be working an extra 34 days! That’s according to recent data

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News story: Government extends suspension of minimum wage enforcement in the social care sector

The government today (28 September 2017) announced a further one-month suspension of minimum wage enforcement concerning sleep-in shifts in the social care sector to minimise disruption to the sector and seek to ensure workers receive the wages they are owed.

This follows July’s decision to waive all historic penalties in the sector where employers incorrectly paid workers a flat-rate for sleep-in shifts instead of hourly rates. This was in response to concerns over the combined impact which financial penalties and arrears of wages could have on the stability and long-term viability of providers.

Today’s announcement will allow the government to establish how providers’ back pay bills will affect vulnerable people’s care. The evidence base will also ensure any intervention is proportionate and necessary and could be required to satisfy EU State aid rules on government funding for private organisations.

During this temporary pause, the government will develop a new enforcement scheme for the sector to encourage and support social care providers to identify back pay owed to their staff. This will help to minimise the impact of future minimum wage enforcement in the sector while seeking to ensure workers receive the arrears they are owed.

Exceptional measures announced in July will remain in place until guidelines on this new approach are outlined next month.

It remains the government’s expectations that all employers pay their workers according to the law, including for sleep-in shifts, as set out in guidance entitled ‘Calculating the National Minimum Wage’.

Source: HMRC

Securing your financial future if you’re self employed

There can be many benefits to freelancing or running your own business – flexible hours, the option to work from home, no fixed holiday allowance and, of course, the chance to follow your passion. On the other hand, one potential downside is that the responsibility for looking after your finances all falls to you. It’s

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British workers would be happy to have a robot boss

With the Bank Of England projecting that up to 15 million jobs might be at risk due to robots, a new survey today reveals that nearly a third of British workers (31 per cent) would be happy to work for a robot boss. The survey from cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent, of 1,000 working British

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