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KPMG boss steps aside after telling staff to 'stop moaning' over Covid fears

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direct to your inbox The UK chair of audit giant KPMG has 'stepped aside from his duties' amid an investigation into a conference call where he reportedly admitted breaking coronavirus rules to get coffee with clients and said staff should “stop moaning” over worries around the virus.

Bill Michael had previously apologised for his comments on Monday during a call with the financial services consultancy team.He had reportedly told staff to “stop moaning” and “playing the victim card” amid concerns over possible cuts to pensions, pay and bonuses, it was revealed on Tuesday.He stepped aside on Wednesday as the Financial Times prepared to report further comments from the call.According to the paper, Mr Michael said that he was meeting clients.

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