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    Establish a legal right to furlough for working parents: TUC

    TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/PA Images Working parents with caring responsibilities should have a temporary legal right to access the furlough scheme, the TUC has stated, in the wake of a major study that gauged the impact of Covid restrictions. The study found that the Covid-19 pandemic had hit working-class women the […] More

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    Chancellor says permanent working from home not inevitable

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak hopes for a return to the “creativity” and “vitality” of cities Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images Working from home will not be the ‘new normal’ in a post-Covid world, chancellor Rishi Sunak has told a podcast for business newspaper City AM. Sunak said that although a number of major employers including Lloyds Banking […] More

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    ‘Aggressive’ tactics used to ditch senior execs who are working at home

    Some executives who have childcare obligations are being unfairly penalised because their work had been perceived as suffering as a result of these commitments. Shutterstock Some employers in sectors badly effected by the pandemic have resorted to aggressive tactics with the aim of cutting senior executives without proper compensation, according to a law firm specialising […] More

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    Flexible working: Can we go back on arrangements in future?

    The pandemic rushed many employers into permanent home working arrangementsShutterstock The unprecedented shift towards home and flexible working brought about by Covid-19 has led many employers to announce permanent new arrangements. But what are the legal implications of doing this, asks Jonathan Mansfield? Employees and employers alike have had varied attitudes towards flexible and remote […] More

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    Zurich offers parents ‘lockdown leave’ to help with childcare

    Shutterstock Zurich is offering two weeks’ fully-paid emergency ‘lockdown leave’ to parents and carers affected by school closures. The Swiss insurance company expects that more than one in five of its 4,500 UK-based employees will benefit from the new entitlement, which gives parents and carers an additional 10 days’ paid leave which can be taken […] More

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    Furlough parents affected by school closures, urges TUC

    Shutterstock Employers should offer furlough to parents affected by school closures and who lack childcare as a result, the TUC has said. Many schools across the UK – including primaries and secondaries in London and the South East where the new variant of Covid-19 has spread quickly – remain shut after the Christmas break, and […] More

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    Four-day week affordable for most businesses, study suggests

    Autonomy’s analysis involved calculations around the relationship between productivity, hours worked and profitability. Photo: Shutterstock Working a four-day week on full pay is a perfectly viable way of tackling the UK’s relative lack of productivity and improving health and wellbeing among employees, an in-depth study has found. The report, by progressive independent thinktank Autonomy, analysed […] More

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    Has pandemic working been just a ‘flex-periment’?

    Even in construction, there is considerable support to keep working flexibly in the post-pandemic world Organisations that shied away from flexible working for years suddenly shifted to an entirely remote workforce back in March, but despite reports of increased productivity not all can boast truly flexible cultures. Paul Hamer, CEO of construction company Sir Robert McAlpine, […] More

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    Why does location matter for diversity and inclusion?

    Remote working may not work for everyone in the same wayShutterstock For organisations uncertain about remote working, 2020 was the year their preconceptions turned around. But in the ongoing quest for greater diversity and inclusion, there are still aspects of where employees work that we need to get right, says Steve Black.  We all know […] More

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    Majority of roles still not advertised as flexible

    Flexible working is about more than where we work, said Timewise CEO Emma StewartShutterstock Four in five jobs still do not advertise flexible working options despite the huge shift to home working during the pandemic, according to research by Timewise. The flexible working consultancy analysed 6 million job vacancies and found that 78% made no […] More

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    Four-day week could boost jobs in Spain

    Spain’s parliament building in MadridPhoto: Shutterstock The Spanish government is considering the introduction of a four-day week in a bid to create more jobs, improve health and increase productivity. Deputy prime minister Pablo Iglesias Turrión said a cut in working hours, without loss of pay would “undoubtedly” lead to the expansion of employment opportunities. He […] More

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    Lloyds gives branch staff permanent home working option

    Shutterstock Lloyds Banking Group is seeking volunteers who want to transition from branch roles to permanent home working roles in 2021. The banking giant, which incorporates Lloyds, Halifax and Royal Bank of Scotland, currently has around three quarters of its 65,000 staff working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic and is seeking internal applicants […] More

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