Britain trails most of Europe on maternity pay, says TUC. Britain is near the bottom of the European league for paid maternity leave, while Croatia, Hungary and the Czech Republic offer the most generous deals to female workers, according to the TUC.
New mothers in the UK receive six weeks of what the TUC calls “decently paid maternity leave” – which it defines as two-thirds or more of previous earnings. Women in the UK are entitled to be off work for up to a year, but they are “decently paid” for a small part of that, says the TUC. For the first six weeks after the birth, women in the UK get 90% of their previous pay, but that drops to £140 a week – or continues at 90% if that is lower – for the next 33 weeks. Tax and national insurance are deducted. There is no statutory pay beyond 33 weeks.
In other countries, women are entitled to higher sums. Out of 24 countries, only Ireland and Slovakia have a worse deal than the UK, the TUC finds. “Many European countries offer decent support to new mums. Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry. Image copyright Olana Tansley-Hancock Why some people become enraged by sounds such as eating or breathing has been explained by brain scan studies.
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The message, written in English, was sent by a native speaker to a colleague for whom English was a second language. Unsure of the word, the recipient found two contradictory meanings in his dictionary. He acted on the wrong one. Months later, senior management investigated why the project had flopped, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. “It all traced back to this one word,” says Chia Suan Chong, a UK-based communications skills and intercultural trainer. Culture - The foreign words that seem like English – but aren’t. Before a special night out, a glamorous Parisienne might treat herself to un brushing, at which her hair will be blow-dried and styled.
In Moscow, would-be clubbers must first make it past feyskontrol (‘face control’), to ensure that only the beautiful people come in. And those Berliners who just can’t let the party end can carry on at eine Afterhour until well after the sun comes up. These words – brushing, feyskontrol, Afterhour – seem odd to English ears. We recognise them, sort of, but we’d never use them ourselves – not in those ways, at least.
Capital - What nobody tells you about becoming the boss. Long before Roman Stanek became founder and CEO of GoodData, the cloud-based software and data-analytics firm based in San Francisco, he was just a respected engineer.
After a few promotions at software companies, that engineer found himself in 1997 as CEO of the software company NetBeans. A far cry from engineering, Stanek suddenly had to develop an entirely new skillset, one as a manager and leader. It was a painful process Things didn’t always go smoothly. Alternative medicine treatment put four-year-old boy in A&E. Image copyright Thinkstock The plight of a four-year-old boy who nearly died after his parents gave him 12 alternative medicines has prompted doctors to warn against the treatments.
Doctors at Newham Hospital in east London said the parents were "devastated" that their good intentions had made him so unwell. The boy took a dozen supplements supposedly to help treat his autism. The National Autistic Society said it was crucial for doctors to talk through the risks of alternative therapies. Future - The mystery of why you can't remember being a baby. You’re out to lunch with someone you’ve known for a few years.
Together you’ve held parties, celebrated birthdays, visited parks and bonded over your mutual love of ice cream. You’ve even been on holiday together. In all, they’ve spent quite a lot of money on you – roughly £63,224. Capital - The curse of flexible work. You’ve found the perfect job — and you’ve got the flexibility to leave work early and finish up your emails from home later in the evening.
It’s standard procedure — so why in the world do you feel so guilty about it? It might be the curse of flexible hours. Employees with working-time autonomy work the longest overtime hours - Heejung Chung. Texas 'affluenza teen' and mother arrested in Mexico after disappearance. TIME - Current & Breaking News. Arrest warrant for Texas teen who claimed 'affluenza' Image copyright ABC News Texas police are looking for a teenager who avoided jail time for a drink-driving crash by claiming he suffered from "affluenza". An arrest warrant was issued on Wednesday after Ethan Couch failed to report to his probation officer. Facebook tests 'break-up' tools. Image copyright IStock Breaking up is hard to do - especially on Facebook.
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