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Victims of sexual harassment at work need better protection because their voices have been silenced by "corrosive" cultures, a report has said. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) called on the Government to introduce legislation stopping employers from ignoring complaints to protect their reputation. The commission said it had…
Agency workers are being offered fresh guidance on their employment rights after complaints that many were suffering delays in being paid, or not being paid at all. The conciliation service Acas said at least one in four calls to its helpline from agency employees related to pay, including delays, incorrect…
Many NHS trusts in England are failing to log, track or disclose information on conflicts of interest among staff, it has been claimed. While healthcare professionals are obliged to divulge any potential conflict, the current system for recording them is "not functioning adequately", according to a report published in journal…
There may be concerns about its effect on the environment, but a poll suggests glitter will still be adorning children's artwork for some time yet. Almost eight in 10 (78%) nursery workers said they would not like to see their own nursery ban the substance. The poll, by reviews website…
Expectant mothers will be treated by the same midwives throughout their pregnancy in a bid to reduce miscarriages and stillbirths under plans being set out by Jeremy Hunt. The Health and Social Care Secretary will announce plans to train 3,000 extra midwives and maternity support staff over four years. His…
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) has launched a survey to examine the extent to which social workers in Northern Ireland have been subjected to intimidation, threats or violence while in practice, and to explore the impact of any incidents they have experienced. Speaking about the research Carolyn…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has announced the appointment of Paul Martin and its new Chair. Speaking about the appointment, Chief Executive, Colum Conway, said: “I am delighted to welcome Paul Martin as the new Chair of NISCC, at what is both an exciting and challenging time for…
The Scottish Government has promised that NHS staff in Scotland will not be disadvantaged following a pay deal for English workers. Health Secretary Shona Robison said nurses, midwives, ambulance drivers, porters and other staff would be paid “at least as much” as their counterparts elsewhere in the UK. Ms Robison…
Over a million hospital porters, 999 call handlers, healthcare assistants, nurses, midwives and other NHS staff across England are being offered pay rises of between 6.5 and 29% over the next three years. Under the proposed agreement – reached after months of negotiation between unions, NHS employers and the government…
Scotland’s childcare minister was unable to tell MSPs how many people are currently working in the industry. Maree Todd said that while up to 3,000 new staff have been taken on as part of work to expand the amount of free childcare to which youngsters are entitled to 1,140 hours…
Nurses and midwives could avoid public hearings into misconduct and escape sanction if they admit errors under controversial new plans by the industry watchdog. The proposals by the Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) council would see the vast majority of fitness to practice hearings being held behind closed doors. Speaking to…
A legal action over payments for "sleep-in" shifts, which could cost the UK care industry billions if judges rule in favour of workers, has reached the Court of Appeal. Leading judges in London will consider two recent conflicting rulings on whether care workers who sleep at their place of work,…