More than two million workers are not getting their legal holiday entitlement, with many not having any paid leave at all, according to a study. The TUC said one in 12 UK workers was missing out amid unrealistic workloads, and employers deliberately denying holiday requests or not keeping up to date with the law. The analysis showed that workers are losing out on nearly £3 billion worth of paid leave a year. The sectors in which workers are most likely to lose out are agriculture, mining and quarrying, and accommodation and food. Working people are entitled to a statutory annual minimum of 28 days paid leave. The TUC said HM Revenue and Customs should be given new powers to clamp down on employers who deny staff their statutory entitlement. Read More Employment rights TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "We're now in peak holiday season, but while many workers are away enjoying time off with friends and family, millions are missing out. And that puts them at risk of … [Read more...] about More than 2m bosses illegally denying workers paid annual leave
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0 Have your say Seventy years ago this week, the NHS was born. As part of The Scotsman’s series celebrating the institution, former prime minister Gordon Brown shares his memories of the service and offers a prescription for healthcare in Scotland. Each of us has a unique and lasting bond with the NHS – infants helped because of the skills of midwives, relatives or close friends suffering previously inoperable or untreatable conditions now restored to good health, or parents and grandparents cared for with dignity in later life.READ MORE: Gordon Brown: NHS would be in trauma if Scotland was independentIn my own case, while still a teenager, I was threatened with blindness because of a rugby injury.At Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, a brilliant young surgeon called Hector Chawla, who had just completed training in retinal surgery, came to my rescue. Then, and later, when I faced further complications, he and the NHS staff around him made sure my sight was saved. The … [Read more...] about Gordon Brown: How much do we want to keep the NHS alive?
0 Have your say Each of us has a unique and lasting bond with the NHS; infants helped because of the skills of midwives; relatives or close friends suffering previously inoperable or untreatable conditions, now restored to good health; parents and grandparents cared for with dignity in later life. In my own case, while still a teenager, I was threatened with blindness because of a rugby injury.At Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, a brilliant young surgeon called Hector Chawla, who had just completed training in retinal surgery, came to my rescue. Then, and later, when I faced further complications, he and the NHS staff around him made sure my sight was saved. The nurses, doctors, midwives, porters, cleaners and paramedics really are a team like no other. Is it any wonder that we hold our National Health Service in such esteem?Officially it is 70 years old this week – but north of the Border a state-run national hospital service has been in existence for more than 75 years. It … [Read more...] about NHS at 70: How much do we want to keep it going for another 70 years?
Prince William and Kate Middleton are coming to Coventry - but not everybody is happy. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will head to the Cathedral on January 16. The impending arrival of the royal pair was not universally well received. Sophia Orman fumed: “Perhaps they have a few spare rooms for the huge amount of homeless people in Coventry city centre.” TheSickness added: “A bit of felt came off my garden shed last night and some kind of bush also keeled over in the ‘monster’ storm. “I can see no reason why Willers and Katie can not come round and fix these little issues - I am after all paying for their upkeep. “They will need suitable clothing and footwear, I will provide tea and custard creams free of charge mind you.” Mark Fowler seethed: “Sponging parasites.” But how much does the Royal Family actually cost the taxpayer? This year the report showed the Sovereign Grant was £43 million. The Sovereign Grant is money … [Read more...] about This is how much the Royal Family actually costs taxpayers
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. Sweden has had an Annual Leave Act (semesterlagen or 'holiday law') since 1938, when employees were first given the right to two weeks' annual holiday. Over the following decades this law has been adapted and extended, with the current version introduced in the 1970s and offering full-time employees five weeks' vacation. Any employment contract offering a worse deal than the Annual Leave Act is invalid under Swedish law. If you have a kollektivavtal (collective agreement) or a similar agreement at your workplace, you may have more holiday days (and other perks), but not fewer. Who is covered by the law? Full-time and part-time employees in Sweden are both covered by the Annual Leave Act, although if you work part-time or irregular hours, you will receive a different number of vacation days. A standard working week is 40 hours, so the number of days will be calculated based on … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about annual leave in Sweden