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Employment Law

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Bullying in the workplace is growing according to the latest survey from ACAS with a study finding that many people are too afraid to speak out.

According to ACAS, there has been more than 20,000 calls regarding bullying and harassment in the workplace. The organisation has also called for employers to take claims of bullying in the workplace much more seriously and improve all anti-bullying policies.

Chair of ACAS, Sir Brendan Barber, stated that it wa clear bullying was on the rise and that poor business policies and management was one of the main reasons for the rise. He said: "Callers to our helpline have experienced some horrific incidents around bullying that have included humiliation, ostracism, verbal and physical abuse.

"But managers sometimes dismiss accusations around bullying as simply personality or management style clashes, whilst others may recognise the problem but lack the confidence or skills to deal with it."

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A new study has revealed that workers are more likely to be productive when in a happy and relaxed in the workplace.

The study, which was reported in The Guardian analysed the relationship between productivity and happiness and found that if workplace morale was high, productivity could increase by 12%.

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Trade Union boss Len McCluskey has announced at Unite’s annual conference that he will change the rules to allow activists to illegally strike.

The move comes in direct response to the government amendment that aims to make it harder for workers, especially in the public sector, to strike. However, Unite has now changed their policy to allow workers to strike even if it goes against the new rules so that members are not subjected to such “oppressive legislation”.

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MPSs are to launch an inquiry into the effect of the 2008 recession on the quality of Scottish jobs and, in particular, the labour market.

The inquiry aims to investigate some of the conditions and standards faced by Scottish workers with MSPs hoping to see that the conditions of workers in Scotland has improved, even during the tough economic climate of 2008.

As well as the condition of jobs, MSPs will look to see how employee well-being and health and safety in the workplace has been affected as well as the living standard and the impact of low wages. It is hoped that any issues that are found will allow the Scottish government to improve the working conditions for many across the country.

It is thought that the recession and tough economic climate affected many in the long term and could still be hurting the Scottish economy.

Committee convener Murdo Fraser said: "The Scottish economy is clearly on the road to recovery but it's important that as politicians we reflect on whether the 2008 recession has had a long-lasting impact on the quality of jobs in the labour market."

He added: "An increase of people in employment is always to be welcomed. However, this inquiry will delve into the issues behind the headlines and determine if job quality has improved.

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The UK Government are to reform the ballot system and the way industrial action can legally occur in a bid to prevent “back door” strikes.

The Business Secretary Sajid Javid has said there will be "significant changes" to strike laws especially for public workers such as transport, fire services and schools, with the changes to the laws considered to be a priority for the Conservative Government.

Under current rules a strike is valid regardless of turnout. If most vote for the motion then it will come into effect.

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