Fact Service February 2020

Issue 6 (13/02/20) - In-work poverty has risen, says Rowntree
; UK economy flat
; LGBT apprenticeship guide from Unionlearn; Government dragging feet on harassment
; Working parents fail to take up parental leave; New Acas guidance on non-disclosure clauses

Issue 5 (06/02/2020) - FBU: regulatory regime 'unfit for purpose'; High workloads impact on probation service; Manchester firms to ban zero-hours contracts; Mental health and high cost of 'presenteeism'; NHS support staff to move back in-house

Issue 6

In-work poverty has risen, says Rowntree
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Poverty has risen for children and pensioners over the last five years and although employment has increased, in-work poverty has also gone up ...
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UK economy flat
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The UK economy was flat at the end of a disrupted 2019, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.
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LGBT apprenticeship guide from Unionlearn
 (296 words)

Unionlearn, the learning and skills organisation of the TUC, has launched the first ever lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) inclusive guide to ...
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Government dragging feet on harassment
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The TUC wants a new legal duty placed on employers over sexual harassment, but has accused the government of “dragging its feet” on changing the ...
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Working parents fail to take up parental leave
 (293 words)

Less than one in 10 working parents are taking advantage of shared parental leave (SPL). However, this could start to increase as families move away ...
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New Acas guidance on non-disclosure clauses 
 (334 words)

In view of the publicity around the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in cases that involve workplace sexual harassment or discrimination, the ...
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Issue 5

FBU: regulatory regime 'unfit for purpose'
 (410 words)

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry must look at the decades of deregulation that allowed fire safety at Grenfell to be undermined, says the FBU ...
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High workloads impact on probation service
 (801 words)

In 2014, the then justice secretary Chris Grayling introduced a widely derided programme of privatisation of the probation service.
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Manchester firms to ban zero-hours contracts
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Employers within the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) are expected to agree to a ban on zero-hours contracts as part of the region’s ...
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Mental health and high cost of 'presenteeism'
 (333 words)

Poor mental health costs UK employers up to £45 billion a year, new research has found, with "presenteeism" taking a bigger toll than absences.
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NHS support staff to move back in-house
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A deal brokered by public services union UNSION will end outsourcing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
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