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The UK left the European Union on the 31st December 2020 creating an even more uncertain future ahead while we are still on the road to recovery from the pandemic.The pandemic highlighted the need to have strong employment rights in the UK and while in the European Union we benefitted from legislation such as the Working Time Directive, the future of employment rights in a post-Brexit Britain are now uncertain.
For hundreds of trainees across Scotland, they have had to adapt to an entirely new way of working. In March 2020, I was in the same position. With six months left until the end of my training contract, the way I worked completely changed. It will be a month that I will never forget. At the start, I was in the office at my desk and by the end, I was navigating an entirely new way of working by ‘working from home’.
2020 was filled with novel challenges and dangers across the world and, even as events continued to unfold throughout the year, there was always a focus on getting back to some kind of normality. Now that 2021 has arrived it’s clear that a lot of the changes so many of us have had to make are not temporary, and that 2020 was not a short departure from normal life but a clear dividing line between Before Covid-19 and After Covid-19.
Social media use in last 15 years has increased in both volume and the types of content shared, leading to a norm of many users saying and sharing what they want, when they want. Misinformation, disinformation and fake news have become part of the content we view daily and largely accepted as one of the downsides of online communication.
As a number of areas of Scotland are going through their second phase of lockdown, there are many individuals that will be struggling more than most. For many survivors, abuse can be centred around the home. This year, Police Scotland and the National Domestic Abuse helpline has marked a staggering increase in the amount of calls that have been received in relation to domestic abuse.
In recent years, there has been an increasing amount of press surrounding trial shifts and whether or not people should be paid for them. Currently in the UK, unpaid trial shifts are legal and to date there is no real definition for them.HMRC issued guidance in order to try and minimise trial shifts being unpaid. HMRC state that ultimately the decision lies with tribunals and courts to decide whether the minimum wage should be paid in specific cases. This does not provide a lot of protection for people who are being asked to come in for an unpaid trial shift. There is no uniform guidance on how long a trial shift should be and there certainly is no consistent execution of the guidance to unpaid trial shifts by employers.
We don’t just use the phrase ‘Talk to Thompsons’ we truly believe it is good to talk. Which is why we have launched the Talk to Thompsons podcast and thank you for joining us in our discussion today.It’s been a while since our last episode of Talk to Thompsons and there have been a few changes. Firstly, this episode is hosted by Hazel Berryman from our marketing team with a more open discussion between our guests.
Both the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) and the England and Wales Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), were established in 2015 following growing numbers of allegations of abuse and changing societal pressures to look into how that abuse occurred. Much of this gained momentum after the 2011 death of Jimmy Savile, however survivors had been calling for independent inquiries for at least a decade before that.