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Bosses should promote employees who have done the most volunteering

Bosses should award promotions or pay rises to employees who have done the most volunteering, according to a new Demos report. The think tank argues that in-house volunteering programmes are a ‘triple win’, boosting employees’ skills and job satisfaction, reducing sky-high training costs for businesses and benefiting the local community. The scheme could see employees…

Volunteers do not have same legal rights as staff

The Supreme Court has ruled that laws to protect workers from discrimination do not cover volunteers unless they have a contract, or are undergoing vocational training. A Citizens Advice Bureau volunteer, who tried to take her legal claim for the same employment rights as an employee all the way to Europe, has been stopped by…

Internships can cause more harm that good for graduates

In recent times, unpaid internships have become commonplace, particularly in highly competitive industries such as fashion, media and PR. With so many talented graduates entering the marketplace, competition for entry-level roles is at an extremely high level and therefore the promise of experience, especially in ‘trendy’ industries is often enough to entice individuals to work…

Young people’s employment prospects improved by volunteering

Volunteering helps young people develop the skills and confidence that improve their chances of getting a job, new research by the Institute for Employment Studies shows. The study found that volunteering is particularly successful in helping vulnerable and low-skilled young people to re-engage with learning and in raising their personal and career ambitions. The ‘Volunteering:…

Eversheds gives a little back to local communities

International law firm Eversheds is participating in its third annual Give & Gain Day 2011, the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering managed by Business in the Community (BITC). Sponsored by Eversheds, together with HP and Lloyds Banking Group, Give & Gain Day 2011 is dedicated to getting thousands of employees out of the…

Cameron reviews ‘Big Society’ fund to boost voluntary work

In a speech from Milton Keynes today, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced several initiatives in relation to the Government’s Big Society project including £40m in support to encourage greater voluntary work participation. The idea of the Big Society project is to make communities stronger by getting more people to work together to run their…

Millions of volunteers would happily help run public sector services

A ‘volunteer army’ of 14.7m people is available to help councils run frontline services and protect them from budget cuts, according to research by the infrastructure support services specialist May Gurney. The study is said to offer reassurance to the government that people are engaging with David Cameron’s, Big Society agenda. The May Gurney study…

Volunteers failed by equality regulations

An appeal court ruling which denies volunteer workers the anti-discrimination employment protection enjoyed by staff has been described as unfair by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. In a landmark judgment, the court of appeal ruled against a woman who claimed she had been discriminated against on grounds of disability, after she was told to…