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    Restaurant chain denies abuse of furlough scheme

    Photo: Shutterstock Steakhouse group Tomahawk has rejected accusations by the GMB union of bullying workers to lend it money to pay for their own national insurance (NI) and pension contributions. The union claims that a meeting was called for all staff, during which they were asked by the company if they could borrow money back […] More

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    Could we see the rise of the weekend interview?

    Feeling relaxed? Settle down for a job interviewShutterstock The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed how we hire people, including how we interview and communicate with candidates. Could increased flexibility over time and location mean a surge in candidates attending interviews at the weekend? James McGill says this can be a convenient solution.  Traditionally, job interviews have […] More

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    Why now is the time to begin financial wellbeing conversations

    Shutterstock Great strides have been made in opening up conversations about mental health, but what about financial health – one of the biggest stressors among employees in the UK? Ashleigh Webber speaks to Capita’s chief people officer and the CEO of Level Financial Technology about a new campaign to address taboos around money management.  The […] More

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    New ‘flexi’ apprenticeships to be announced in budget

    Apprentices will be able to train with multiple employers in the same sectorShutterstock Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce a new ‘flexi-job’ apprenticeship in Wednesday’s budget that will allow apprentices to work with a number of different employers in their chosen sector. The new scheme forms part of £126 million in additional funding for traineeships in […] More

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    Unemployment claims up 145% around pandemic-hit airports

    Travers Lewis / Shutterstock.com The number of people out of work around major airports is significantly higher than across the UK as a whole, a group of MPs has revealed. Analysis of unemployment benefit claims by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Future of Aviation found that the number of claims in the constituencies around […] More

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    Top 10 HR questions February 2021: Vaccination and IR35

    Telnov Oleksii / Shutterstock Can employers insist on their staff having a coronavirus vaccination? As the UK vaccination programme extends to include younger age groups, HR is asking about the implications for their workforce. Reforms to the “IR35 rules” on off-payroll working come into force in the private sector on 6 April 2021. FAQs on […] More

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    Police Federation angry at vaccine priorities

    Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images The Police Federation has strongly criticised today’s the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation announcement over phase 2 of the Covid-19 inoculation programme, saying the government was ‘hiding behind the science’. The JCVI, which is comprised of 20 public health and epidemiology experts, stated that continuing to distribute the vaccine on […] More

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    Staff put in seven unpaid hours a week during pandemic

    Shutterstock The average employee worked 7.7 hours of unpaid overtime each week in 2020 and as a result lost out on £7,000 in wages for work completed out of hours. According to analysis by the TUC, more than 3.3 million people worked unpaid overtime in 2020 – roughly 12% of the working population. This figure […] More

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    Learning to work beyond Covid may bring multiple OH challenges

    Shutterstock As the UK economy and society cautiously unlocks between now and the summer, managing ‘return to work’ will need to be a conversation that is about much more than just health and safety and ‘Covid-secure’ environments, Professor Craig Jackson argues.  With the UK’s road map to exiting lockdown now in place, employers and employees […] More

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    How to be a great employer in challenging times (webinar)

    Shutterstock Tuesday 30 March 11:00am BST The past year has meant different things to different employers. Some have witnessed huge shifts in demand, for better or for worse, but for most organisations it’s meant doing things differently. Every organisation has had to change the way it operates. Great employers will have used their positive workplace […] More

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    Goldman Sachs CEO pushes for return to the office

    David Solomon, CEO of investment bank Goldman SachsREUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo Remote working is an “aberration”, according to Goldman Sachs boss David Solomon. The investment bank CEO said that he was keen to “correct” the current home working situation as soon as possible, citing fears around new recruits getting the mentorship they need. At […] More

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    Care UK to adopt ‘no jab, no job’ for new starters

    Red Carpet 2020 / Shutterstock.com One of the UK’s largest care home operators is insisting that all new employees get a Covid-19 vaccine before starting work at the company. Care UK has become the latest organisation to adopt a “no jab, no job” policy for new starters, joining organisations including Barchester Healthcare and Pimlico Plumbers. […] More

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