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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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HMRC and the Department of business, innovation and skills (BIS) are to crackdown on companies that are not paying staff the National Minimum Wage.

Under the new crackdown, a team of officers will be able to enforce stricter penalties and punish those who are intentionally not paying staff what they deserve. It is hoped that such a crackdown will help those who are being underpaid, but also serve as an incentive for companies to pay their staff their rightful rate ahead of the proposed increase in the rate.

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Too many women continue to earn considerably less than men and make less progress on the career ladder, according to a workforce development expert.

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Women apprentices are far more likely to end up in low-paid jobs as a result of training in female-dominated sectors, according to new research published by unionlearn – the TUC’s learning and skills organisation – and the National Apprenticeship Service.

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Female representation in the UK’s top companies’ boards continues to increase, according to the latest figures for Women on Boards.

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New data released by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has found evidence of a gender pay gap of up to 50% in the payment of bonuses.

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