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Blackpool hospital worker held over 'poisoning' claims

Blackpool hospital worker held over 'poisoning' claims

Health
A healthcare professional at a hospital has been arrested over the alleged administration of poison or a noxious substance to patients. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust raised concerns over care to some patients on 8 November, Lancashire Police said.The allegations related to the alleged mistreatment and neglect of some patients on the stroke unit in November, police said.She has been bailed until 6 December.The worker has also been suspended from duty.'Reassure all our patients'The BBC understands officers are investigating the alleged incorrect administration of drugs.Det Ch Insp Jill Johnston said: "The inquiry is complicated and we have a team of specialist detectives working on this case who are also offerin...
Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

Technology
Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after thousands of high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. Google bowed to one of the protesters' main demands by dropping mandatory arbitration of all sexual misconduct cases. That will now be optional, so workers can choose to sue in court and present their case in front of a jury. It mirrors a change made by ride-hailing service Uber after complaints from its female employees prompted an internal investigation. The probe concluded that its rank had been poisoned by rampant sexual harassment. "Google's leaders and I have heard your feedback and have been moved by the stories you've shared," CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to Google empl...
Firms will have to justify worker to boss pay gap

Firms will have to justify worker to boss pay gap

Business
Large firms will have to publish and justify their chief executives' salaries and reveal the gap to their average workers under proposed new laws. UK listed companies with over 250 staff will have to annually disclose and explain the so-called "pay ratios" in their organisation.The move comes after years of shareholder and public outrage over bumper chief executive pay at firms such as Persimmon, WPP, BP, Shell, Lloyds, Astrazeneca, Playtech and William Hill.Last week housebuilder Persimmon admitted a raft of failures that led to an embarrassing shareholder rebellion over pay as MPs slammed an "egregious" pay deal for top bosses worth over £100m.The company's chairman and the head of the remuneration committee resigned after anger over their bonuses:: Persimmon bo...
FTSE chiefs forced to heed average worker pay

FTSE chiefs forced to heed average worker pay

Business
Boardroom pay committees at public companies will be forced to show how remuneration is aligned between bosses and their employees under plans to be set out this week by regulators.Sky News has learnt that the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) will publish a consultation on revisions to the UK corporate governance code which will include giving remuneration committees a formal responsibility to demonstrate the alignment between boardroom and workforce pay.There will also be a requirement for boards to explain to their workforces how the decisions they have taken on executive packages reflect their overall pay ‎policies.The plans, to be set out on Tuesday, will reflect growing pressure from ministers for the private sector to show greater restraint at a time when the pay packets of many wor