A reason to smile? – Key Challenges for the Dental Sector

Those in the public sector or fulfilling the NHS contract system within corporates are struggling hugely to meet what they consider unrealistic quotas and targets. As a result, dentists are currently penalised for not hitting activity targets but are equally unable to treat extra patients despite having capacity to do so. Put simply, the system does not currently work for them.

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What's on the horizon for the recruitment industry?

The UK recruitment industry places over one million people into new permanent roles each year and over 1.3 million temporary and contract workers on assignment in any given week. With statistics suggesting that the majority of children entering primary schools today will eventually enter jobs that do not yet exist, there is huge opportunity for the recruitment industry to gain competitive advantage.

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Brexit and the Hospitality Industry

The new year feels like it has been dominated by Brexit. At the time of writing the UK is just two months from leaving the EU but there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the arrangements for its departure. That uncertainty is keenly felt in the hospitality sector, where figures suggest approximately 40% of the workforce is made up of EU nationals.

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Extending Positive Discrimination

Currently, employers have to give priority to women on maternity leave who are at risk of redundancy when offering suitable alternative employment. It really is the only form of positive discrimination that is permitted. However, the government has today published a consultation paper, which now proposes to extend this right to:

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GDPR - key considerations for employers

By now employers are aware that from May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will be implemented replacing the Data Protection Act 1998. Although predominately aimed at commercial processing of customer data, the new regulations will have a significant impact for a company’s approach to processing employee data. The GDPR aims to ensure that an employee (and individuals more generally) have the ability to control and access their data, and restrict its use.

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How to handle a sexual harassment allegation

Sexual harassment in the workplace has been at the forefront of the news recently. From the reports of inappropriate unlawful conduct made about Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein to the serious allegations that led to defence secretary Michael Fallon’s resignation from Cabinet, it seems that no industry has been exempted from shameful revelations of sexual misconduct.

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Mental health challenges in the workplace

On 25 October 2017, the Stevenson/Farmer independent review into workplace mental health, commissioned by the Prime Minister in January, published its report. The review, Thriving at Work, looks at how employers can better support all employees, including those with poor mental health or wellbeing, to remain in and thrive at work.

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Royal Wedding - additional public holiday?

Following the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011 when the public was granted an additional public holiday for the royal wedding, there is great anticipation as to whether the government will follow suit for the newly engaged couple next spring.

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Increase in discrimination awards

The Presidents of both the Employment Tribunal in Scotland and England and Wales have now confirmed the most recent increases to the Vento scale as part of their response to the consultation on the proposed changes to Employment Tribunal awards for injury to feelings and psychiatric injury.

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Trump ban on transgender troops official policy

President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on 25 August 2017 that directs the US military not to accept transgender individuals as recruits and halts the use of government funds for sex-reassignment surgeries for active personnel unless the process is already under way.

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Working over time

The Working Time Regulations 1998 govern the hours most workers can work and set limits on an average working week, as well as other matters such as regulating the statutory entitlement to paid leave for workers or setting out the limits on the normal hours of night work.

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Slavery and Human Trafficking statement

Employers with an annual turnover of £36 million or more are obliged to publish slavery and human trafficking statements for each financial year under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Organisations with a January to December financial year are due to publish their first slavery and human trafficking statements by 30 June 2017.

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Immigration Skills Charge

The Immigration Skills Charge came into force on 6 April 2017. It requires Employers who sponsor skilled workers under Tier 2 of the immigration points-based system to pay a levy of £1,000 per certificate of sponsorship per year (£364 for small employers and charities).

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Zero Hours Contract

In October 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Mathew Taylor, former advisor to Tony Blair, to head a review of workers’ rights and practices. As part of this review, Mr Taylor has now proposed that businesses who employ individuals on zero-hour contracts could be forced to pay a premium rate for short notice in an effort to stop employers from exploiting staff.

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