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Could an HRIS have saved Mike Ashley?

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Mike Ashley, the billionaire owner of the Sports Direct retailers and Newcastle United Football Club, has been speaking in front of MPs in parliament today over the allegations that he offers staff poor working conditions and pays below minimum wage. Workers have said that there was a culture of fear which came from the possibility of losing their job, especially under the uncertainty which comes from a zero-hour contract. Many have complained that they have never felt like they were treated as equals and even one case of a member of staff giving birth in a bathroom as she felt…

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Judge: headscarves & crucifix ban won’t break anti discrimination laws

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Employers can stop staff from wearing religious clothing such as headscarves and crucifixes according to one of the European Union’s highest ranking legal advisors. It’s been argued that the security company, G4S, did not break any EU anti-discrimination laws when it fired a Muslim receptionist in Belgium who wanted to cover her head. Juliane Kokott is arguably one the most important legal figures in the EU and she said as long as this rule applies to all faiths equally, it is not discriminatory to ask staff not to wear any religious attire at work. This goes against a previous ruling…

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I was told to ‘resign or you’re fired’ due to my pornstar alter ego

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An NHS worker is claiming she was unfairly dismissed due to her second career as an adult film star. Former Medical Secretary Kathleen Molloy was fired from Litherland Town Hall health centre, just outside of Liverpool, when colleagues discovered her adult film persona ‘Dylan Devere’ online. The discovery was made last August and she was immediately suspended from her job. Ms Molloy was then signed off sick by her bosses, before being told she would have to resign or she would be immediately fired. Ms Molloy defended her second job and said they did not hurt anyone. She told the…

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The town where robots are replacing 60,000 workers

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One of the major tech manufacturers in China is undergoing a major change in the workforce and finally acting on the two years of artificial intelligence research. The two main are considerations behind this are thought to be cost reduction and safety – after an industrial explosion in 2014 where 146 people lost their lives. The incident was thought to be caused by a mix of human error and poor health and safety standards. Kunshan, the manufacturers who make hardware for our appliances and laptops have joined many of China and Taiwans’ businesses – including Foxconn, the company who produce…

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The 20 best employers in the UK have been named

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The most attractive large employer in the UK has been named. In a survey by Ranstad, Rolls Royce has been named the best large employer to work for. The survey asked 200,000 workers questions about employee relations and they found the best employers satisfy their employees on subjects such as; salary, benefits, training quality, long term reward schemes, working atmosphere, management and long term job security. Companies which ignore are falling behind and are losing the best candidates to more attractive companies which offer rewards based on performance management or long term service. The full list is: 1. Rolls Royce…

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