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    Halfords to hand back furlough cash

    jax10289 / Shutterstock.com Halfords is to pay back £10.7m in furlough cash after experiencing ‘stronger than anticipated’ sales. The motoring and cycling retailer said it would pay back all the money it received under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, as it expected to achieve a full-year pre-tax profit of £90m-£100m. However, the company said […] More

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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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    Budget March 2021: Tax rises not ruled out

    The Chancellor faces pressure not to hike taxes this weekPA Images / Alamy Stock Photo Chancellor Rishi Sunak has not ruled out tax rises in this week’s budget (3 March) after saying that he wants an “honest and fair” route towards paying back national debt while supporting people back into work. Speaking at the weekend, […] 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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    Female directors in finance earning 66% less than men

    Shutterstock Top female directors in the UK’s largest financial services firms earn on average two-thirds less than their male counterparts, research by law firm Fox & Partners has uncovered. Average pay for female directors at FTSE 350 financial services firms is £247,100, while male directors are paid £722,300. Some 86% of female directors are in […] 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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    CIPD: Apprenticeship levy has failed

    Shutterstock England’s apprenticeship levy has failed on every measure, the CIPD has said in a strongly worded statement stemming from an analysis of the policy’s performance. Without significant reform, said the HR body, it will undermine investment in skills and economic recovery. The institute stated that “reforming the levy to a broader, more flexible training […] More

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    Enterprise Nation: Emma Jones talks to Oven-Ready HR

    Emma Jones CBE. Photo: Enterprise Nation As the captain of Enterprise Nation – a vibrant community of small businesses and business advisers – Emma Jones CBE talks to the Oven-Ready HR podcast about her personal voyage exploring strange new startups and seeking out new life in the UK economy. Emma Jones is the epitome of […] More

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    Performance: Why ‘rank and yank’ fell out of favour

    Plotting employees along a performance curve can have a negative impact on engagement. All images: Shutterstock One of the more surprising details of consulting firm KPMG’s recent woes was that it had been using a ‘set distribution’ or ranking approach to assessing employees’ performance. Like annual appraisals, this is a performance management strategy that has […] More

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