COVID-19: Vulnerable People

  As at 20th March 2020, the Government is advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.This group includes those who:1. are aged 70 or older (regardless of medical...

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Employment Contract Changes: Learning From Asda

  The media have been reporting Asda’s announcement that unless staff sign a new, less favourable employment contract by 2nd November, their employment will be terminated. The new contract increases wages to £9 per hour but removes long-service benefits, paid...

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The Dangers Of Covert Recordings

  Almost all of us now carry mobile phones capable of making audio recordings. It’s not surprising that, increasingly, Affinity is presented with audio files which have been made covertly by members during meetings with their employers.The majority of these...

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William Hill Closure Announcement

  Members will be aware of William Hill’s announcement that it plans to shed approximately 4,500 jobs and close about 700 shops because of the fall in fixed-odds betting machine business.The full details of what’s planned and how the company will manage this...

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TUPE: Protecting Enhanced Severance Terms

  In 2018, we were contacted by a number of members who, a number of years ago, had been transferred under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) from Lloyds Bank to Mitie.Mitie had announced that these staff were to be...

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The Cost Of TSB’s IT Meltdown: £259,191,231

  That is how much the botched IT migration has cost TSB so far according to the latest set of financial results.TSB made a £120.5 million loss for the nine months to September. On the back of the meltdown, Sabadell, TSB’s owner, has seen its share price fall by...

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Union Wins Landmark Legal Case

  Well, we’ve done it again. In the most anticipated pension case in 30 years, the High Court has ruled today that the Lloyds Banking Group pension schemes must equalise guaranteed minimum pensions (GMPs) for men and women.The outcome of this case will have...

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Restrictive Covenants

The Problem This subject is undeniably dry and the implications for most people will not be obvious! Yet, whether they realise it or not, restrictive covenants are a major issue in the employment contracts of many of our members. I said in my last newsletter that it...

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Contract Checking

The Problem Starting new jobs can be exciting if challenging and quite rightly most people approach them with enthusiasm and optimism. No one wants to put a damper on that but there are some realities that it’s worth thinking about before starting a new job. If you...

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Employment Tribunal Victory

The Union has won an important Employment Tribunal case for a member sacked by Lloyds Bank. Although the case involved Lloyds, all members should spend the time reading what happened because the case demonstrates very clearly how many companies fail to deal fairly...

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Advice And Representation – The Need For Speed

• “I never thought they would do it to me.” • “I didn’t expect it to go any further.” • “I thought I could trust my manager.” • “No one told me they thought I was an under-performer.” We hear these comments every week and are not surprised by members’ reactions when...

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