James Marsh: Government plans to boost apprenticeships must focus on quality, not just quantity

On Friday (21 August) Prime Minister David Cameron outlined the Government plans to increase the number of quality apprenticeships across England and give businesses a say on how they are run and what they offer. Employers across the country will be asked for their views on the introduction of an apprenticeship levy set to be…

HRreview’s focus week on workplace wellbeing and stress begins!

HRreview has embarked on another of it’s popular focus week’s on the key HR issues affecting practitioners across the UK. This week we turn our attention to the state of workplace wellbeing and stress. Our latest special edition focuses on the innovations, trends and challenges facing human resources and occupational health practitioners in implementing wellbeing…

Debate on Trade Union Bill opens in Parliament

The Trade Union Bill, containing the Government reforms designed to end what they describe as ‘unjustified disruption to working people’s daily lives’ received its second reading in Parliament yesterday amid strong criticism from union leaders. The bill proposes a time limit on ballots so that mandates for industrial action are always recent. One of the major…

War of words between GMB and CBI over Living Wage impact

In a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times published this week, CBI President, Paul Drechsler, stated that the impact on businesses of National Living Wage announced in Chancellor George Osbourne’s Summer Budget in July has been underestimated. His comments have produced a strong reaction from trade unions, with GMB accusing the CBI of “crying wolf”. In…

Proposals on strike laws are a response to yesterday’s problems, says CIPD

The Government’s proposals on strike laws are an outdated response to industrial relations issues currently facing UK employers and could prove counter-productive, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development. The Government’s proposed changes to existing laws on industrial action centre on raising the bar on thresholds…

London HR networking group to host first Manchester event

London based HR networking group, myHRcareers, has announced that they will be expanding into Manchester. The community, dedicated to aspiring HR professionals, will be taking its popular HR networking parties to the glamourous Media City, Manchester, in October. Founded in 2013 by Veran Performance and led by Charlotte Hallaways, the group’s mission is to provide every HR…

Better corporate reporting to put brighter spotlight on gender pay gap, says NAFP

  The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has today published its submission to the Government’s consultation on closing the gender pay gap. The consultation seeks views on the Government’s manifesto commitment to require larger employers to publish gender pay information. The regulations would cover private and voluntary sector employers in England, Scotland and Wales…

Increase in zero-hours contracts reopens public debate

The number of people employed on a zero-hours contract in their main job has risen, according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) yesterday. The figure rose to 744,000 for April to June 2015, representing 2.4 percent of all people in employment. In the same period in 2014, this was 2.0%…

Nearly a quarter of employees fear boss’ judgement for calling in sick

According to new research by AXA PPP healthcare, 23 percent of employees say they won’t tell their line manager the real reason for their absence when calling in sick because they’re afraid of being judged, whilst a further 15 percent say they’re afraid they won’t be believed. The online survey of 1000 senior business managers,…

Minimum wage increase must be backed by pay bargaining and job security rights, says TUC

Three in every ten (29 per cent) female employees in the country are set to receive pay rises as a result of the new ‘National Living Wage’, according to a new report published today by independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation. The new measure, which was announced in July’s Budget, is set to lift the pay floor…

Work tops list of things Brits worry out, says new survey

A recent survey by Nelsons, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of natural healthcare products, has discovered that 86 percent of adults consider themselves to be a worrier, with the average adult spending the equivalent of almost a month of every year fretting about something and with work-related issues found to be the most likely cause.…

Rugby World Cup: Bosses to allow employees to avoid the scrum and leave early

  Business and HR leaders across the UK will allow employees to escape the transport scrum and leave their desks early to watch the Rugby World Cup 2015.  Nearly three-quarters (73%) of UK firms will allow employees the flexibility to watch matches according to new research from recruitment specialists Robert Half UK. Of those, more than one in…