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
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As the excitement about its arrival nears physically dangerous levels of intensity, time for a reader’s competition. What should the new “third party” be called? If you can think up a cool name for an approaching centrist entity poised to redeem British politics from the decline into partisanship, you’re way ahead of the masterminds behind it. Whoever they might be. At this embryonic stage, mystery shrouds almost every aspect of the venture. All we know from a Sunday newspaper exclusive, is that a) a businessman called Simon Franks, who made his fortune renting out DVDs, has raised £50m to launch it; b) the company he set up in this cause is catchily titled Project One Movement for the UK; c) Corbynphobic Labour types and a few Brexit-disgruntled Tories may be involved; and d) the machinations have been going on for a year. For now, all else is as opaque as Franks, who despite his commercial success and massive political significance has somehow evaded a … [Read more...] about I have a suggested name for the new centrist party – The Entitlement Party In Democracy (TEPID)
FROM April, the cost of NHS prescriptions in England are set to rise "in line with inflation," after the government announced the decision in February 2018. Here's all you need to know about how the changes will affect you... How much will prescriptions increase by? Prescriptions will increase by 20p to £8.80 from £8.60, a 2.3 per cent rise. By increasing prescription charges the Government expects income from medicines to rise in line with inflation, as the NHS are expected to make savings across the board under a five year plan. A 2017 report found that Brit's reliance on repeat prescriptions are costing the NHS £8billion a year. But there are some medications that the increase will not affect. Prescribed contraceptives, medication prescribed at a hospital or walk-in centre, medicines personally administered by a GP and medicines for sexually transmitted infections will remain free. Certain age groups and categories also qualify for free prescriptions. If you are over … [Read more...] about NHS prescription price rise 2018 – how much will prescriptions increase by and will prescription payment certificates be affected by the change?
Thousands of people in North Staffordshire could be better off from next week - thanks to a rise in the minimum wage and the living wage. Changes announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond will see plans to increase the National Living Wage from £7.50 to £7.83 an hour go ahead on April 1. Mr Hammond made the announcement during his Budget speech last year and said workers will benefit from an increase of 4.7% on the week of the new tax year. This means full-time workers on basic pay will be as much as £600 better off a year. That's equivalent to £50 a month - or 33p extra an hour. The minimum wage for those aged 16-24 will also rise - with pay for apprentices going up by 20p an hour. Mr Hammond's increase in the minimum wage is tied to a long-standing Tory pledge to deliver a rate of £9-an-hour for over 25s by 2025, reports The Mirror. However, this is still below the Living Wage - a non-Government organisation that sets its own hourly rates, based on inflation - … [Read more...] about Minimum wage to rise. How much will you be better off?
They transformed the way London’s commuters get around the city, now a Boris Bike-style hire scheme is coming to Wales. Hundreds of nextbikes will eventually be located around Cardiff, ready for people to hire at the tap of a phone screen. For the moment, 50 bikes are being stationed ear City Hall, Cardiff Central Train Station, Cardiff University’s Bute Building in Cathays Park, and at County Hall in Cardiff Bay . The number is scheduled to increase tenfold by the end of August, with 50 stations and 500 placed permanently in and around Cardiff. But how does the rental system work and how does the price compare with other transport options? How does it work? Anyone can register to operator nextbike by downloading the app, calling the hotline number or visiting their website at nextbike.co.uk. They will be asked to enter bank card details to pay the rental fee. Using the app, riders scan the QR code on any bike at a docking station and are sent a 4-digit lock code. The … [Read more...] about This is how much Cardiff’s new bike hire scheme costs and how it works