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Unconscious Bias
Unconscious Bias

It can be the most frustrating thing in the world.


You work your socks off, produce great results but somehow never seem to get the recognition you think you deserve from the boss.

Part of the reason could be unconscious bias.

And it could be just as much on your side as on your bosss.

Unconscious bias can influence all sorts of decisions in the workplace involving recruitment, promotion and performance management. And it can be discriminatory when the unconscious bias relates to a protected characteristic.

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Bank Holidays
Bank Holidays

Did you enjoy the last bank holiday?


You should have done. The weather was glorious, the kids were still on holiday and it was the last chance to really soak up the best that the British summer can offer.

But do you know if you are legally entitled to time off work for a bank holiday?

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Is An Apprenticeship For You?
Is An Apprenticeship For You?

It now looks highly unlikely that the Government will hit its target of creating 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020. The National Audit Office admitted as much in its latest review of the scheme and added that the Government still had some way to go before it showed the scheme was value for money. Changes to the Apprenticeship Levy - the system which helps fund the scheme - have seen the number of start-ups fall in the last two years from 509,400 a year to 375,800, a fall of just over one quarter. So, do apprenticeships still represent a viable career choice for our youngsters - or are they more trouble than they are worth?

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Employee Pensions
Employee Pensions

Notice anything different in your pay packet this month? The more keen-eyed of you should have seen an increase in your own contribution to your workplace pension. The new rate came in in April and means that employees must pay a minimum of five per cent under auto-enrolment rules. If you are really on the ball you will remember that the same contribution increased from one per cent to three per cent this time last year. In some respects, this is good news.

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Modern Slavery
Modern Slavery

Heres a question for you. Would you be able to spot an example of modern slavery? It sounds like it should be simple. But figures from police forces across the UK suggest that cases are not being reported because members of the public are simply unaware of what they should be looking for. The latest figures released just last month show that reports of suspected modern slavery rose by more than a third in 2018, although campaigners described reported cases as only "the tip of the iceberg". In total, some 6,993 potential modern slavery cases were reported to the government's National Referral Mechanism (NRM) according to the National Crime Agency a far cry from the Governments own estimates that there between 10,000 and 13,000 modern slaves in the UK.

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Holiday Pay
Holiday Pay

There are few of us who would choose to work for free. Even those of us who really love our jobs still expect to be remunerated for them at the end of the month. And yet millions of us are failing to claim an essential part of that pay every year - either through ignorance or confusion. That pay is holiday pay. New figures show that in the UK 1.8 million people are not receiving the holiday pay they are entitled to - meaning they are missing out on an incredible £1.8 billion each year.

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