Tags: Long hours

Employers warned over flexible working

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged employers to prepare for the impending extension of flexible working rights, but suggested the changes could provide opportunities for growth. In a recent interview with the Scunthorpe Telegraph, FSB North Lincolnshire and West Lindsay chairman Neil Poole claimed many small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are already used…

One quarter of people that have ever claimed work expenses in the UK admit to exaggerating them according to a survey from employee expenses management company, GlobalExpense. Almost half (47 percent) of those that admit to having exaggerated expenses claims, inflate claims by up to £10 per month; 13 percent boost claims by between £11…

British companies could be running the risk of being hit with unfair dismissal claims by forcing members of staff to work unpaid overtime, according to an expert from working practice watchdog Work Wise UK. The organisation’s chief executive Phil Flaxton warned that the recent recession has led some bosses to become increasingly slipshod when it…

A recent Commons Treasury Committee report has suggested that the lack of female employees working in the City – the UK’s financial centre – may have contributed to problems in the monetary sector. The Women In The City report claimed that it was this lack of gender diversity that may have made the effective challenge…

The European Commission has requested the views of workers’ and employers’ representatives on the options for reviewing EU rules on working time. The first stage consultation asks the European social partners at whether action is needed at EU level on the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC) and what scope it should take. This represents the first…

Following last month’s publication of the Agency Worker’s Directive (AWD) regulations, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)  has been in discussions with the Department for Business (BIS) on next steps and areas of ongoing concern for the industry. The REC has subsequently received confirmation from Pat McFadden MP, Minister for Business Innovation and Skills that the…

Over five million workers across the UK gave away £27.4 billion in unpaid overtime in 2009, a TUC analysis of official statistics has revealed. The TUC study shows that 5.07 million people regularly worked unpaid overtime in 2009, a decline of 168,000 since 2008. Staff who did unpaid overtime worked an average of 7 hours…

The TUC called on the Government to give agency workers real protection from exploitation and genuine equal treatment on pay, holiday and hours, as it published its response to the draft Agency Worker Regulations consultation on Tuesday, 23 Dec 2009. The draft Regulations seek to implement the EU Temporary Agency Worker Directive into UK law.…

A healthy workforce may be just a few stretches away, according to one sector commentator. The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) has advised that Britons should ensure they take some form of exercise whenever possible and that the office is no exception to this rule. Matt Birtles, ergonomist at the HSL, said that this could…

As the recession rumbles in, more businesses may be keen to prompt their workforces into working longer hours, but could HR departments find that this impacts on their efforts to boost productivity? Recent research by Abbey and Alliance & Leicester Business Banking has revealed that small business owners are particularly keen to put in extra…

Employers may find that they could increase the productivity of their workforce by introducing a flexible working policy which allows people to carry out their jobs from home, after new research has revealed how long Britons spend commuting. According to Trades Union Congress (TUC), UK workers spend 21.8 million hours travelling to and from their…