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Coronavirus: NHS staff off work due to testing shortages, say bosses

Coronavirus: NHS staff off work due to testing shortages, say bosses

Health
Media playback is unsupported on your device A lack of coronavirus tests for NHS staff is leading to staff absences and services being put at risk, hospital bosses have warned.NHS Providers, which represents English hospital trusts, said staff are having to self-isolate because they cannot get tests for themselves or family members.It comes after widespread reports of people struggling to get tested.The home secretary said the government was "surging capacity" where it was needed.The government's testing system - part of its test, track and trace operation which Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised would be "world-beating" - has faced criticism in recent weeks.An increase in demand for coronavirus tests has led to local shortages - with some ...

U.S. House staff won’t participate in payroll tax deferral

Finance
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds her weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill on Aug. 13, 2020.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty ImagesThe U.S. House of Representatives won't be rolling out the payroll tax deferral to its employees.Sept. 1 was the first day of President Donald Trump's order deferring the 6.2% employees pay toward Social Security. The so-called holiday, which applies to workers whose biweekly pay is below $ 4,000, is in effect until the end of the year.The tax delay is only a deferral and not forgiveness. Congress would need to pass legislation in order to forgive the taxes.Though private employers are expected to shy away from adopting the deferral due to its complexity, the federal government will be extending it to its employees, including military service members....
No plan for a return to the office for millions of staff

No plan for a return to the office for millions of staff

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Fifty of the biggest UK employers questioned by BBC have said they have no plans to return all staff to the office full-time in the near future.Some 24 firms said that they did not have any plans in place to return workers to the office.However, 20 have opened their offices for staff unable to work from home.It comes as many employees return to work from the summer holidays with the reality of a prolonged period of home working becoming increasingly likely. The BBC questioned 50 big employers ranging from banks to retailers to get a sense of when they expected to ask employees to return to the office.One of the main reasons given for the lack of a substantial return was that firms could not see a wa...
Ellen DeGeneres apologises to staff over workplace ‘issues’

Ellen DeGeneres apologises to staff over workplace ‘issues’

Entertainment
Several staff will be replaced on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime chat show after an investigation uncovered "deficiencies" in "the show's day-to-day management".The inquiry was prompted by a widely-circulated story on Buzzfeed news, in which employees made allegations of racism and intimidation on the show.The accusers claimed the workplace was toxic and "dominated by fear".In an email to staff, Ellen apologised and said she was "committed to ensuring this does not happen again"."We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I'm glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention," she added.Production company WarnerMedia said "several staffing changes" would take place as a result of its in...
Bank staff unions, Indian Banks’ Association agree on 15 per cent wage hike

Bank staff unions, Indian Banks’ Association agree on 15 per cent wage hike

Finance
NEW DELHI | MUMBAI: Bank employees' unions and the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) have reached an agreement for a 15 per cent annual hike in wages, a move that will result in an additional yearly outgo of nearly Rs 7,900 crore by lenders. The decision was taken at a meeting held between the IBA -- representing managements of banks -- and members of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) representing workmen unions and officers' association. The wage revision would be effective from November 2017, according to the agreement signed by bank unions and the IBA. The annual wage increase in salary and allowances has been agreed at 15 per cent of the wage bill as on March 31, 2017, which works out to be Rs 7,898 crore on payslip components, as per the agreement. Close to 37 banks, including ...