News Workers at mail-order company La Redoute protest in Lille against plans to sack 1,200 workers

3.2 million people are working so hard that they risked mental or physical breakdown, study finds

Surgeons' contracts offer ‘poor value for money’ for limiting work outside office hours

A generous new contract for hospital consultants provided “poor value for money” because it did not require them to work in the evenings and at weekends, public spending watchdogs said on Tuesday.

City shirtmaker TM Lewin in shop window for £100m after profit fall

TM Lewin, the 115-year-old City shirtmaker, could go up for sale for as much as £100m, having spoken to potential advisers over strategic options for the business.

Owen Paterson wants restrictions on GM crops relaxed

It's time for us to think about eating GM food

There appears to be growing consensus that GM is safe and the benefits huge

Balfour wins £56m Qatar engineering job

Balfour Beatty has snaffled a £56m highways contract in Qatar.

€1bn cashback on the Ryanair agenda

Ryanair has set out plans to return €1bn (£850m) to shareholders over the next two years, hours after confirming a massive order for planes worth almost €16bn at list price.

Underpaid and underworked: Real legacy of recession is falling wages and productivity

Workers settling for less just to stay in a job, survey claims

James Moore: Wage cuts have created vast pool of out-of-work, under-educated youths

Outlook Welcome to low-wage Britain. The Institute for Fiscal Studies and the TUC don't have a lot in common, but they've both come up with studies that ultimately have rather similar conclusions.

France faces deeper recession than we feared, warns IMF

France faces a deeper than expected recession this year and must overcome "critical obstacles" to improve competitiveness, the International Monetary Fund warned yesterday.

American researchers found that cigarette breaks, increased absenteeism and greater healthcare costs combined to the extra burden smokers place on employers

£4,000 a year: The cost to employers of smokers' cigarette breaks, illness cover and health care costs

Smokers cost £4,000 a year more to employ than non-smokers, a study has claimed.

Craig Alexander: NHS boss on £250,000 a year fired after colleague discovered he had been jailed for armed robbery

Craig Alexander lied to land a job as an NHS executive earning a quarter of a million a year

House of Fraser defies High Street gloom with record sales and profits

House of Fraser, the privately owned department store chain, showed today it is defying the gloom on the High Street with record levels of sales and profits.

Adam Grant: Givers and takers - who are the best performers in the workplace?

Midweek View: Successful givers do five-minute favours, looking for ways to offer high benefits to others at a low personal cost

Cement firms face action over 'failure to compete' on pricing

Britain's major cement firms were today facing "hard-hitting" action after a regulator accused them of failing to compete on pricing.

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...