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first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article This week’s Employers’ Law news in briefChristmas Day opening hours under review The Government is considering plans to stop large retailers opening onChristmas Day in a bid to protect shop staff. The news follows a three-year campaignby union USDAW that was concerned some of its 250,000 members could be forcedto work on 25 December. Employers accused of ignoring minimum wage The TUC has accused employers of cheating thousands of workers out of theirrightful pay by ignoring the National Minimum Wage. The policy became law fouryears ago but the TUC estimates that 17,000 workers are still underpaid. Theunion has published new enforcement guidance to help add to the £13m recoveredfrom dishonest firms. Asthmatic woman wins £17,000 unfair dismissal An asthmatic woman has been awarded £17,000 compensation after her employerfailed to protect her from cigarette smoke, despite knowledge of her condition.Karen Whitehead, who is registered as disabled, worked at the firm for only 45days but claimed for unfair dismissal after taking 16 days off sick. EU Agency Workers Directive in the balance The argument over the EU Agency Workers Directive may not be decided untilthe end of 2004. The controversial draft of the rules that would give temporarystaff comparable pay and conditions to full-time workers is causing a riftamong members. New EU member states could be crucial in its future. UK firms consider random drug tests More than half of UK companies have looked at introducing random drug testsfor staff, with one in eight using them to investigate substance abuse. Asurvey by Croner found that 18 per cent of firms are considering introducingtests, and 14 per cent rejected the idea. In briefOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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