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'Clock is ticking' on companies exploiting 'gig economy' says Labour MP

Influential Labour MP Frank Field has said the “clock is ticking” against companies who exploit workers trapped in the gig economy. On Thursday ministers ordered a crackdown on companies using large numbers of self-employed or agency workers following an investigation by the Guardian into low pay at the delivery company Hermes. Field warned that other firms could now face scrutiny, revealing his office had been …

Take to the barricades, office workers! And don’t forget your suits | Stefan Stern

The last time I tried to buy a suit I came away hot, bothered and empty-handed. I blame myself: body mass and excessive curvature made demands that could not be met by the straight-cut fabrics of high street retailers. But I needn’t have worried. The suit, you see, is positively uncool these days. Earlier this year 400 jobs went at Brioni, the luxury Italian suit-maker, …