Employment law

Let’s call time on unpaid electronic labour with a legal right to disconnect | Will Stronge | Opinion

Too many of us know the feeling: you sign a contract for a nine-to-five job, but you find yourself answering emails, texts or even phone calls well into the evening. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like the working day ever truly ends: the very thought – or threat – of an email pinging into your inbox means your free time isn’t really free at all. This shared experience makes Rebecca Long-Bailey’s recent announcement of a proposed policy enshrining the “right to…

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‘Always on’ hi-tech work culture is hitting family life, says report | Life and style

Evening emails and an “always on” working culture means that for many parents their job has become too big for the hours they are supposed to allot to it, according to an influential survey. The 2020 Modern Families Index reveals that while more than half of parents have flexible working arrangements, poor job design has left many struggling to cope with the competing demands of home and workplace. It found that more than a third fake illness to meet family…

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Universities under fire for outsourcing low-paid campus jobs | Education

Universities have been criticised for “tearing away” wages, pensions and rights from low-paid staff amid a steep increase in the number of outsourced cleaning, security and maintenance staff working on campuses. Data released by 42 universities in England, Scotland and Wales to the Guardian under freedom of information laws revealed their spending on outsourced workers – often employed on zero-hour contracts by separate companies to work on campuses – has more than doubled in seven years, increasing by almost 70%…

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