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The Death Of Jobs

The Death Of Jobs | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
Jobs aren’t a viable construct going forward. The notion that most of us will earn our living in the future through an employee/employer relationship is headed for the scrap heap of economic history.

Via Andrew Spence
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Freelance is the new employed but do you know that  in the UK freelance workers have legal rights too?  HR are sometimes not up to speed on this and managers often think they can do what they like with freelancers..

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Andrew Spence's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:57 PM

David Maney in Forbes asks, Is the death of jobs upon us?

In my view, slowly but surely yes.


So what is the impact on how we manage our people ?

  • We need to be able to source specialist skills quickly and for specific projects in a globalised market place
  • Right now there are 16.7m global freelancers to add to your TalentPool @freelancer  @Elance & @odesk (recently merged)
  • The idea of an employment contract becomes redundant for all but a core group of "employees"


What do you think the impact will be on HR and people management ?




David Hain's curator insight, February 6, 2014 7:09 AM

A profound movement to ponder as you plan your future?

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Which Are The Right Contract Options?

Which Are The Right Contract Options? | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it

If you contract the people who work for you in the wrong way you will end up with tax bills, less rights than you think, and complicated hoiday calculations and more...If you don't want you people to give you lots of admin - then start out with the right arrangement for you...

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How do you decide which way pay you your people?  Employee shareholder or freelancer, zero hours, part time, term time, annual hours.  Which is best?

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Doncaster council criticised over use of 'zero-hour' contracts - The Star

Doncaster council criticised over use of 'zero-hour' contracts - The Star | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
Workers today slammed ‘zero-hours’ contracts after Doncaster Council was accused of being among the worst offenders for using them.
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Local government may be on nothing but zero hours contracts when the final budget cuts are through....

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UNEMPLOYED people are better off than those WORKING on zero hour contracts

UNEMPLOYED people are better off than those WORKING on zero hour contracts | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
A cost of living study found the unemployed have £174 left after paying for all essentials each month, while those on zero hours have just £130

Via Bennett Kathie
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Does this suprise you?

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Amazon to hire 1000 UK distribution staff - The Guardian

Amazon to hire 1000 UK distribution staff - The Guardian | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
Online retailer that faced criticism over working conditions says permanent employees now get three days off a week
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Flexible working can go too far is no-one really has a job, just an opportunity to sit by the phone? #flexible working

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Hair stylist receives €5,000 over unfair dismissal

Hair stylist receives €5,000 over unfair dismissal | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
Woman was fired after she left a junior stylist to blow dry her customer’s hair (Hair stylist receives €5,000 over unfair dismissal
http://t.co/CpI8KGJZdv.)...
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Is it normal to leave it to a junior?  Would you have dismissed?  The hairdressers tale (or should it be tale?)

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Church mission director axed: £50,000-a-year Skainos centre boss is accused of gross misconduct - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Church mission director axed: £50,000-a-year Skainos centre boss is accused of gross misconduct - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
The director of the church group behind the Skainos centre has been dismissed from his role for gross misconduct.

Via Chris Hadrill
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Expense claims always provide fertile grounds for dispute.  Have you sorted out your expense policy so you know who signs off on what and what is OK?

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HR Magazine - Redundancy payouts fall for first time since 2008

HR Magazine - Redundancy payouts fall for first time since 2008 | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
Nice to hear... HR Magazine - Redundancy payouts fall for first time since 2008 http://t.co/oWxxGNvP95 via @sharethis
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Are redundancies falling in line with payouts or are  people getting laid off again but without enough service to get redundancy pay?

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Jehovah's Witness who told gym member yoga would let 'evil' into her body wins sacking case

Jehovah's Witness who told gym member yoga would let 'evil' into her body wins sacking case | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
Maciej Grochowski was sacked from his role at Virgin Active in Middleton after several warnings over his discussion of religious beliefs (Jehovah's Witness who told gym member yoga would let 'evil' into her body wins sacking case
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yoga and religion.
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£180,000 paid to ONE Derby City Council worker who agreed to voluntary redundancy

£180,000 paid to ONE Derby City Council worker who agreed to voluntary redundancy | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
A DERBY City Council worker who agreed to take voluntary redundancy received £180,000 in their final year. But officers have refused to give details of what percentage was annual salary...

Via Chris Hadrill
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Statutory redundancy payments this is not!

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Retiring officer redundancy pay row

Retiring officer redundancy pay row | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it

Via Chris Hadrill
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How often does a date mean all the difference to someone being made redundant?  More often than you'd think...

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Performance reviews: is it time to kill them?

Performance reviews: is it time to kill them? | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
For many they're on par with tooth extraction, but without the pain relief.
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Performance reviews are a real kicker when we deal with the legals - often severely underperforming employees are rated 'good' or even 'excellent' by happy raters and don't talk to me about the discrimination and bias claims we see!  Why wait a year to tell someone how they are doing and then lie to them?

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Dealing with football fans' absence and presence during World Cup 2014 - CIPD (blog)

Dealing with football fans' absence and presence during World Cup 2014 - CIPD (blog) | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
Dealing with football fans' absence and presence during World Cup 2014 CIPD (blog) Similarly, employees who have been granted leave may call in sick while they are away from work, or when the leave period ends, particularly if they were not granted...
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Many of our clients figured out get a telly at work organise a roster for who wants to watch which match - treat those hours as time off work and at least you have the rest of the day.  Some also manage to arrange late start times for matches that take place over night.

Don't forget to make sure you have a TV license if you are showing TV at work! 

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Low pay and zero-hours contracts rise dramatically, figures show

Low pay and zero-hours contracts rise dramatically, figures show | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
TUC report shows one in 12 in labour force now in ‘precarious employment’, huge rise since 2008
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It's not a Merry Xmas for everyone


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'Zero-hours contract made me give up teaching' - BBC News

'Zero-hours contract made me give up teaching' - BBC News | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
Woman is forced to give up teaching for supermarket job because of zero-hours contract
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Contracts need to be appropriate.  Whilst retaining flexibility is great, if zero hours working pushes your skilled workforce into worker for other people, have you gone too far?

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Sky shareholders in revolt over secretive and 'excessive' bonuses

Sky shareholders in revolt over secretive and 'excessive' bonuses | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
The pay-TV giant Sky has been hit by a revolt over pay as 55 per cent of independent shareholders failed to back the remuneration report.

Via Chris Hadrill
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Bonuses should not be secret!  If they earned it they earned it - if not why are they getting it?

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False Self-Employment Legislation – A summary for freelancers and contractors | KPSol Contractor & Freelancer Blog

False Self-Employment Legislation – A summary for freelancers and contractors | KPSol Contractor & Freelancer Blog | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
The Finance Bill 2014 has now been published, setting in motion the changes to tax law which were announced in 2013. http://t.co/mov89qvxUE
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Do you know what disguised employment is?
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Nigella is not the only boss to have a problem with unauthorised expenses

Nigella is not the only boss to have a problem with unauthorised expenses | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
unauthorised expenses are suprisingly common problem in growing businesses
Annabel Kaye's insight:

From charities to businesses, the expenses problem needs tackling before it gets to gross misconduct dismissals and rows.  Who can spend what in your business?  Do they know?  Who signs off?  Do they check?

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UK set to challenge EU cap on bankers' bonuses - BBC News

UK set to challenge EU cap on bankers' bonuses - BBC News | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
BBC News
UK set to challenge EU cap on bankers' bonuses
BBC News
The UK's objection to the European Union's plans to cap bankers' bonuses is set to be heard in the bloc's highest court on Monday.
Annabel Kaye's insight:

How do we feel about maximum pay being set by law (as opposed to minimum pay).  None of us are keen on bankers' huge bonuses, but if this applied to you would it be right?

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Citizens Advice - Employment tribunals - how to apply for a fee remission

Citizens Advice - Employment tribunals - how to apply for a fee remission | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
Applying for an employment tribunal (ET) fee remission, filling in and sending the form, what happens when the ET receive it, appealing against a decision and , exceptional circumstances for a fee remission.
Annabel Kaye's insight:

Do you know anyone who needs to read tis article on fee remission for employment tribunals (free filing)

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'Whistleblower' nurse claims she was sacked for making complaints about patient care at Tameside Hospital

'Whistleblower' nurse claims she was sacked for making complaints about patient care at Tameside Hospital | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
Mum of two takes bosses to tribunal following her dismissal for 'inappropriate behaviour' at hospital that is in special measures

Via Chris Hadrill
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Whisteblowing complaints in the NHS seem to be on the rise - what is going on?

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Council redundancy costs rise to £31m

Council redundancy costs rise to £31m | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it

Via Chris Hadrill
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Redundancy costs rising ...are we nearly there yet?  I suspect this will go on and on

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Zero-hours university post slammed - The Courier

Zero-hours university post slammed - The Courier | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
The Courier
Zero-hours university post slammed
The Courier
She said: " Employing lecturers on zero-hours contracts is not conducive to a professional, well-supported and valued workforce.
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It is legal, but should you do it?  When are zero hours contracts appropriate?

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Aldeburgh/Laxfield: Winner in unfair dismissal case highlights legal aid cut ... - East Anglian Daily Times

Aldeburgh/Laxfield: Winner in unfair dismissal case highlights legal aid cut ... - East Anglian Daily Times | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
East Anglian Daily Times
Aldeburgh/Laxfield: Winner in unfair dismissal case highlights legal aid cut ...
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Where is the balance between access to claims and who should foot the bill?

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heatwave | Employment law in a mad world

heatwave | Employment law in a mad world | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
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Summer in the city and its hot, hot, hot, How do you handle it at work?

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8 Common Thinking Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day and How to Prevent Them - - The Buffer Blog

8 Common Thinking Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day and How to Prevent Them - - The Buffer Blog | Employment law in a mad world | Scoop.it
What are the biggest thinking mistakes all of us do nearly every day? We've collected the 8 biggest thinking mistakes here today for you:

Via Ariana Amorim
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The way we think is part of the madness- often we cause the people problems we have at work by not understanding how we ourselves think

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