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The national minimum wage should be extended to 18-year-olds and apprentices as the recession hits younger workers hard. That is the view of Trades Union Congress (TUC) assistant general secretary, Kay Carberry, who will be calling on the government to increase pay for the young at its Young Members Conference, starting today (March 27th). Ms…

HR strategy will have to adapt as the recession takes its toll on the UK workforce. That is the conclusion of a study undertaken by human resources consulting and outsourcing company, Hewitt Associates. Some 77 per cent of those HR professionals questioned in the survey revealed that the economic crisis was having an effect on…

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has produced a guide to help small businesses weather the economic storm. Managing the Downturn and Preparing for Recovery provides employers with advice on how flexible working could be used as an alternative to redundancies. The guide also contains information on the law regarding redundancy and discrimination law…

People who want job security in the current financial crisis should ensure they have up-to-date qualifications, a membership body says. Employees should also make sure the skills they have are applicable to their position if they want to survive redundancies, according to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Research by Tenon Recovery shows businesses…

Effective rehabilitation programmes provided by employers can help get staff affected by health problems back into work, a new study has found. Research commissioned by work and pensions secretary James Purnell reveals that over 90 per cent of employees with health problems can return to work with proper support from their employer. It also found…

Timed to coincide with Workers’ Memorial Day, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on organisations in the UK to provide staff with better occupational health assistance. According to the industry body, every year, two million workers believe they become ill as a result of their jobs. In order to tackle this phenomenon, the TUC…

It is important for employers to be approachable and responsive to their staff concerning the issue of depression at work, one expert has said. According to Emer O’Neill, chief executive of Depression Alliance, bosses should do their best to remove the stigma surrounding the problem as it can cost UK firms billions of pounds in…

The leaders of more than 30 healthcare professional bodies in Britain have teamed up as part of a groundbreaking agreement that stresses the link between work and health. In order to advise patients on the role that work can play in good health, the organisations have signed a consensus statement in partnership with national director…