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16 February 2017
Modern Employment Practices Review Team launches UK tour
Employers and workers get to have their say as the Matthew Taylor Review team launches its UK tour. The Review is to look at whether employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models.
Glasgow, Norwich, Cardiff, Belfast and Newcastle are among the cities being visited in order for the Team to collect evidence and build an understanding of how people work in different parts of the country.
Record number of employers named and shamed for underpaying
On 15 February BEIS named more than 350 businesses which had underpaid around 15,500 workers a total of almost £994,700. Employers in the hairdressing, hospitality and retail sectors were the most prolific offenders.
As well as recovering arrears for some of the UK’s lowest paid workers, HMRC issued penalties worth around £800,000.
This comes ahead of the launch of the BEIS National Living and Minimum Wage campaign at the end of the February. The campaign focuses on ensuring employers and employees are aware that the rates will increase on 1 April 2017.
Apply to become UK's first Small Business Commissioner
Applications are open for the UK’s first Small Business Commissioner – a high profile role supporting small businesses in payment disputes with their larger customers. Recent findings report that nearly half of the UK’s small-to-medium sized businesses experience late payment, with £26.3 billion owed to them in total.
The Commissioner, expected to be based in Birmingham, is one part of a package of measures designed to tackle this, and drive a real change in the UK’s payment culture.
The successful candidate will provide general advice and information, handle complaints about payment issues and direct small businesses to existing dispute resolution services.
Devon and Cornwall Business Council (DCBC), is a private sector led, sub regional economic partnership. National, regional and local private and public sector organisations are represented at quarterly meetings designed to enhance the competitiveness of the region and facilitate economic development. These organisations represent some 40,000 businesses, from micro to large enterprises.
As the most powerful private sector voice for Devon and Cornwall, DCBC is often the first point of contact for many politicians, regional journalists and programme makers.
DCBC is funded through membership from key organisations in the peninsula.