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Flexible rail tickets released for part-time commuters

Flexible rail tickets released for part-time commuters

This new type of season ticket, created to cater for hybrid working, allows commuters to travel on any eight days in a 28 day window without being required to select the days of travel in advance. From next week (Monday 28th June), a National Rail Flexi Season Ticket...

Working class people have less access to homeworking, research finds

Working class people have less access to homeworking, research finds

According to new research by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), there is a class divide emerging in who receives flexible working from their employer.  A new poll by the TUC warns that people from working class backgrounds are currently receiving less flexible working...

Law change may make it illegal for employers to demand office return

Law change may make it illegal for employers to demand office return

According to reports, the Government is supposedly considering launching a consultation which would give staff the right to work from home as a default.  As first reported by the Mail, proposals from ministers would make it illegal for employers to insist on staff...

Working parents fear caring duties will put them at risk of redundancy

Working parents fear caring duties will put them at risk of redundancy

New polling shows three in 10 working parents worry that their caring responsibilities will make them more vulnerable to redundancy.  Research by Working Families, a work-life balance charity, highlights the sustained flexibility that working parents and people with...

Ikea fined €1 million after spying on staff over several years

Ikea fined €1 million after spying on staff over several years

In France, Ikea has been fined €1 million - equivalent to over £860,000 - after being found guilty of spying on employees over a span of several years.  The furniture giant was found guilty of gathering and improperly storing data on staff by paying for access to...

Lifting of COVID-19 restrictions delayed until 19th July

Lifting of COVID-19 restrictions delayed until 19th July

The Prime Minister has announced that the final stage of the Government's roadmap is to be delayed by four weeks until the 19th July.  At a Downing Street press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared the Government's decision to delay lifting all COVID-19...

Staff willing to work longer hours to obtain three-day weekend

Staff willing to work longer hours to obtain three-day weekend

Over three-fifths of UK workers state they would prefer to work longer hours in order to have a three-day weekend.  New research by Aviva reveals that the majority of UK workers would feel comfortable working longer hours in order to have more time off at the weekend....

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Lynne Hardman: How to support returning furloughed workers

Lynne Hardman: How to support returning furloughed workers

At the end of March 2021, 4.2 million UK workers were still on furlough. With the scheme due to finish in September and the government (so far) hitting its dates for lifting lockdown restrictions, this represents a big challenge for HR leaders to ensure that these...

Howard Lewis: Managing the return to the office

Howard Lewis: Managing the return to the office

2020 was the year when employees in the UK proved work could get done no matter where workers were physically located. The pandemic has shown organisations should trust their people to be productive even when away from the office. Now, as rules begin to ease, a new...

Joanne Skilton: HR trends to watch out for in 2021

Joanne Skilton: HR trends to watch out for in 2021

5 HR trends to watch in 2021 After a year of unparalleled changes, many HR teams are taking a step back and asking what exactly makes for a captivating employee experience in 2021 and beyond. There’s no doubt that policies need to be altered as we move into the new...

Sabby Gill: How can HR leaders successfully strengthen their workforce

Sabby Gill: How can HR leaders successfully strengthen their workforce

It’s no understatement to say the way we work has changed forever. COVID-19 has thrown whole industries into disarray - hospitality, the arts and travel all but ceased trading in 2020. Millions of people still remain on furlough in the UK despite the easing of...

Thomas Seymour: The impact of COVID-19 on the future workforce

Thomas Seymour: The impact of COVID-19 on the future workforce

According to research by McKinsey, around 7.6 million jobs and 24 per cent of the UK workforce were at risk because of COVID-19- related lockdowns. The disrupted market has led to a soar in unemployment with it being revealed that over 307,000 people are still away...

Ruth Cornish: The pivotal role of HR during the pandemic

Ruth Cornish: The pivotal role of HR during the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the importance of human resources and people (HR) professionals unlike nothing else. Over the last year, HR practitioners (both in-house and the independents) have become a sought-after resource for anxious business leaders at firms...

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