• Remote workforce demands ‘hybrid working’, not the end of the office in the ‘better normal’

    As companies engage with the problem of how best to redeploy staff who have been used to working at home for months, more than three-quarters (77%) of UK employees say a mix of office-based and remote working is the best way forward post-Covid-19, according to new research by the Adecco Group UK and Ireland.

    The HR solutions company’s global study Resetting normal: defining the new era of work takes as its basepoint the fact that a new era of work is here and says that businesses, emerging from the pandemic, have a unique opportunity to shape how, when and where

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  • Cops take out encrypted comms to disrupt organised crime

    The EncroChat encrypted communications platform has been infiltrated and taken out by the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies from across Europe, including the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), resulting in massive disruption to organised criminal activity.

    A major provider of encrypted communications and supplier of a secure mobile phone instant messaging service, EncroChat’s encryption was cracked by Dutch and French law enforcement agencies some time ago.

    The bespoke platform was found to have 60,000 users worldwide and about 10,000 in the UK. The NCA said its sole use was for coordinating and planning the distribution of illicit commodities, money

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  • Loan charge MPs denied House of Commons vote on Finance Bill policy amendments

    An attempt by a cross-party group of MPs to amend the forthcoming Finance Bill so that thousands of people will fall out of scope of the government’s controversial loan charge policy has failed.

    Several members of the 223-strong Loan Charge All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) sought to table an amendment for inclusion in the Finance Bill 2019-2021, which is currently in the throes of passing through the House of Commons.

    MPs were set to vote on the amendment on Wednesday 1 July 2020, which was geared towards tightening up the government’s loan charge policy so that it applies only to

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