The Changing Face of Representation

  It’s stating the obvious to say that over the last 30 years the workplace has changed dramatically through a combination of technology and much different employer and employee attitudes. One of the areas affected most has been what used to be personnel, now...

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The Problems With Affordability Checks

  You’ll no doubt know that the Gambling Commission has imposed its largest ever fine on William Hill for allowing new customers to gamble large amounts of money in a very short period of time and for failures to guard against possible money laundering. The...

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Campaigning For Fair Treatment At Work

  Affinity has successfully concluded a longstanding campaign in the financial services industry to improve the working lives of people who work for employers regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Members mostly see the individual advice and...

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Does Your Employer Know You’re Disabled?

  A recent case heard at the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has highlighted the importance of disabled employees informing their employers of their disabilities. The Equality Act 2010 says that people are disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment...

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Confirm It In Writing!

  “My manager said I could try the new job and if I wasn’t happy with it I could go back to my old role. Now they’re saying that this assurance was never given and that my transfer is permanent.”. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that routinely we receive...

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Silence From The Betting Shops

  At the end of last year, we compiled the results of our recent surveys on violence or threats of violence against staff and unreasonable age verification failures, and presented these to Betfred, Entain, Flutter and William Hill for comment. The results from...

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Betting Shop Violence Survey

  One of the striking things about the betting industry is the apparent disregard for staff welfare shown week in, week out by senior management in the chains. Now, I’m not saying that most line managers think that way but there seems to me to be no doubt that...

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Age Verification Survey Results

  Thank you to all the members who responded to our recent survey on age verification, we had a fantastic response and it has given us a really useful insight into the main problems that need to be addressed. Key Survey Findings Here’s a snapshot of our key...

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Campaigning for Betting Shop Staff

  On the face of it, certainly to outsiders, working for a betting shop is not much different to working anywhere else. But look more closely and the special circumstances of the betting industry are obvious. The betting shops chains meet customer demand that...

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Social Media: The Dangers Increase

  In a recent newsletter, I explained the important steps you can take to protect yourself when using social media; the key message was to be extremely cautious in what you do and say online. But what happens when you’ve done all of the sensible things to protect...

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Future Working Arrangements: Key Advice

  Many employers are now making key decisions about when and where they ask people to work in future. For example, Spotify has decided that staff can work from whatever location they choose, KPMG has opted to ask staff to work 2 days per week in the office and...

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From Desktop To Laptop‬

  In our recent Working from Home Survey, 63% of members said that they were working more than 7 hours a day and were more productive than they were before the pandemic. According to a recent study of 3 million employees in 21,500 companies published by Harvard...

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Legal Action Over Inflation Change

  In previous Newsletters we reported that tens of thousands of finance sector staff will see their pension benefits reduce because of the changes to way pension increases would be calculated in future. Trustees of the BT, Ford and Marks and Spencer pension...

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Dangerous Conversations In The Workplace

  In my last newsletter I talked about the dangers of social media when it comes to work. But what about conversations in the workplace? What can’t you say and do? Free Speech The playwright, writer and poet Oscar Wilde famously said: “I may not agree with you,...

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