A combination of welfare reforms and changes to social housing subsidies have put the sector under unprecedented financial pressure, prompting the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to write to around 20 housing associations about their “Value for Money” (VfM) performance.
New guidance on health and safety
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidance for employers on protecting the health, safety and welfare of workers.
Businesses were given a boost in the Autumn Statement as an extra £40 million was pledged for a further 20,000 apprenticeships in 2014.
The UK construction industry is currently experiencing a strong recovery and in order to keep up the trend, businesses in this sector are being encouraged to make more use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) or run the risk of being left behind by other countries across Europe and North America.
Regulations toughened for rogue claim companies
Tough new rules are being introduced as part of a package to crack down on the rogue firms which are responsible for bombarding the public with misleading advertising in relation to possible claims against Banks.
Ministers have been accused by the shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, of “quietly dropping” an extensive review of the insolvency laws covering high-street retailers.
Young people in the UK are being encouraged to participate in work experience schemes in order to boost their chances of employment.
New research from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) reveals businesses that pay less than the National Minimum Wage risk huge damage to their business through loss of reputation, low productivity and high staff turnover. The survey findings come as government begins to ramp up its scheme to ‘name and shame’ employers who don’t comply with the law and pay their workers at least the National Minimum Wage.
New government-commissioned research reports that over half of individuals who are awarded compensation following an employment tribunal hearing do not receive their award in full.
HMRC targets employers over minimum wage
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have recently announced that it is targeting 200 employers who advertised internships, to make sure that they are paying the minimum wage to employees.