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Jab for Jobs  is it legal?
Jab for Jobs is it legal?

Its been the big debate of the last few month: Should jabs for jobs be compulsory.

On the one hand are the group who says nobody should be allowed back into the workplace until they have had their Covid vaccination.

That way, they argue, everyone will be safe and have peace of mind.

On the other side are those who claim making jabs compulsory for all workers is discriminatory, would be impossible to police and could pit staff member against staff member.

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Why an apprenticeship could be for you
Why an apprenticeship could be for you

We have a strange relationship with technical and vocational qualifications in this country.

Too often we look down our noses at the sort of schemes which produce the skills, training and knowledge we desperately need to make our economy work.

Take apprenticeships for example. How many parents are happy to see their child take up an apprenticeship if they also have the chance to go to university?

Yet there are considerable advantages to an apprenticeship which should make it an attractive option for any youngster.

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Help at hand for victims of domestic abuse
Help at hand for victims of domestic abuse

Lockdown has been a pretty gruelling affair for almost all of us.

The ever-present fear of the virus, long periods of isolation for many, disruption to schools and colleges and the need to adjust to new working practices or being on furlough has taken a toll across the nation.

But for the millions of people who have been and are the victims of domestic abuse, being locked down with their abuser is almost unimaginably awful.

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Good news  for now  for employees after Brexit
Good news for now for employees after Brexit

Heres some good news to start the new year (and heaven knows, we need it).

Brexit and the end of the transition period on December 31 is unlikely to have a huge effect on your rights as an employee.

At least for now.

Most of the employment laws which were in place prior to our final transition out of the EU will simply be adopted as UK law for the time being and will remain in place until the UK Government decides to change or amend it.

Of course, nobody can predict the future with any certainty (a lesson weve all learnt over these past 12 months) but there is unlikely to be an immediate rush on the Governments part to start tearing up all the employment legislation we have inherited whilst being a part of the EU.

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Video conferencing no excuse for sexism
Video conferencing no excuse for sexism

It might be new technology, but the emergence of Zoom, Microsoft Teams ad all the other video conferencing platforms weve had to get used to over the past eight or nine months has brought the return of an old foe.

Sexism, it seems, is back in the workplace (not that it ever truly went away).

Women across the country have been reporting a series of uncomfortable experiences whilst using video conferencing for work during the pandemic.

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Monitoring of Homeworking
Monitoring of Homeworking

For many, one of the few sliver linings in the midst of coronavirus has been the chance to work from home.

With the need to commute to the office replaced with a quick trip to the kitchen table, home office or spare room, we were able to take more control of our time, juggle the work-life balance more efficiently and even be more productive.

But for some bosses, the loss of control was just too much to take.

How did they know we werent spending our working day watching endless re-runs of Cash in the Attic, or out in the garden topping up our tan, or just doing all those odd jobs around the house which we had been putting off.

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