Fact Service August 2018

Issue 32 (09/08/2018) - Workers set for pay rise in coming year; Firms favour dividends over pensions; Equality Act: MPs to review effectiveness


; Widen net on gender pay gap reporting


; Workers being 'fleeced' by umbrella firms

Issue 31 (02/08/2018) - Sickness absence - a case of presenteeism?; Universal Credit - back to the 1950s?; Yorkshire brewery fined over pensions; Workers are missing out on holidays; Dividends showered on water shareholders; EEF - trends in holiday entitlement
; Carillion apprentices dumped by receiver



Issue 32

Workers set for pay rise in coming year
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The UK is set for pay rise, say the British Chambers of Commerce and Indeed.
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Firms favour dividends over pension deficits
 (396 words)

Some of the UK’s biggest companies are paying seven times more to shareholders in dividend than they are spending plugging their pension scheme ...
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Equality Act: MPs to review effectiveness
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An inquiry has been launched by a group of MPs into the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 — legislation which is designed to “provide a legal ...
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Widen net on gender pay gap reporting 
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The net should be widened on companies reporting on their gender pay gap, a committee of MPs says.
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Workers being 'fleeced' by umbrella firms 
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The government has washed its hands of thousands of workers who are experiencing the misery of being paid via an umbrella company, according to the ...
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Issue 31

Sickness absence — a case of presenteeism?
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There have been warnings that presenteeism could be on the rise after official figures revealed that sickness absence in the UK workforce has reached ...
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Universal Credit — back to the 1950s?
 (342 words)

Welfare payments are turning the clock back to the 1950s and allowing abusers to control family finances, MPs say.
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Yorkshire brewery fined over pensions 
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Yorkshire-based Samuel Smith Old Brewery and its company chair have been ordered to pay £27,990 for failing to provide financial information ...
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Workers are missing out on holidays 
 (360 words)

Working people are entitled to a statutory annual minimum of 28 days paid leave (pro rata and including public holidays), yet one in 12 UK workers ...
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Dividends showered on water shareholders
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Shareholders in England's nine privatised water companies have received more than £6.5 billion in just five years, an investigation by the GMB ...
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EEF — trends in holiday entitlement
 (289 words)

Companies give a median of 25 days paid basic holiday entitlement (excluding bank holidays) a year. This amount is consistent across manufacturing ...
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Carillion apprentices dumped by receiver
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Almost 350 apprentices at the collapsed construction giant Carillion are to lose their jobs. 
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