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    Extra 1.7 million clinically vulnerable people told to shield

    Shutterstock New research into Covid risk factors has led to an extension of the numbers who need to shield, with the TUC urging employers to support those who can’t work at home.  Shielding workers are entitled to statutory sick pay, employment support allowance and universal credit if they are unable to work from home, although […] More

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    ‘Don’t confuse flexible working with remote working’

    Shutterstock At the end of January a People in Law conference heard from Iain Harrison, a senior manager at EY about the difficulties and potential rewards of establishing a new hybrid working model once the pandemic has receded. Adam McCulloch listened in. Businesses must not confuse flexible working with remote working – they are two […] More

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    What should we do about digital fatigue?

    Shutterstock The UK head of KPMG Bill Michael suggested told employees last week they should ‘stop moaning’ and ‘playing the victim card’, comments that have contributed in his resignation. His remarks run counter to the consensus that lockdown and particularly digital fatigue are causing a real malaise among employees working from home. Brian Kropp argues […] More

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    Employers ‘missing a trick’ on awareness of rights during pandemic

    Managers have been flexible with working parents but could make them more aware of their rightsShutterstock Employers could do more to make working parents aware of their rights to leave and financial support during the pandemic, a study has claimed. According to Incomes Data Research, 98% of the organisations it polled had taken specific steps […] More

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    Staff don’t expect to return to office before June

    Shutterstock Office workers across Europe do not expect to return to the workplace until at least the summer, according to a survey. More than six in 10 (62%) office workers who currently work from home for at least one day a week think they will be back in the office around June 2021, research by […] More

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    Lockdown sees employees working harder than normal

    The pandemic has been a challenging time for parents Shutterstock More than half of UK employees say they they have been expected to work outside of regular working hours during lockdown, contributing to many people reporting some negative effects of burnout since home working began. Working from home is exacerbating an “always on” culture, according […] More

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    Remote working: enhancing the employee experience (webinar)

    Shutterstock Wednesday 10 March 2021, 2:00pm GMT Rumours of a return to normal have been greatly exaggerated. While the vaccination roll-out means there’s light at the end of the tunnel, it is clear that remote working in 2021 will, for the time being, be as commonplace as it was last year. Indeed, it’s implausible it […] More

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    Employees want increased flexibility after the pandemic

    Shutterstock Employees with caring responsibilities fear the loss of flexibility later in the year as more sectors of the economy return to similar working patters as those prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Research in the UK by child care provider Bright Horizons has indicated that working parents are overwhelmingly in favour of a continuation of […] More

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    HR and the pandemic: Peter Cheese talks to Oven-Ready HR

    Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD Peter Cheese, CEO of the CIPD gives a profound, candid, wide-ranging and optimistic interview to Chris Taylor of Oven-Ready HR.  Subjects and themes covered include: How HR as been centre-stage during the pandemic and how the profession has really “stepped-up” to meet this challenge The new paradigms of […] More

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    KMPG partner pay cut by 11% as it sets out hybrid working plan

    Chrispictures / Shutterstock.com KPMG has cut the pay of its UK partners by 11% and is rethinking its office estate as it focuses on protecting jobs and preparing for a future of ‘hybrid working’. Average pay for its 582 partners fell from £640,000 to £572,000 as the firm grappled with the effects of the pandemic […] More

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    ‘Businesses need awareness of remote working dangers’

    Shutterstock The lockdown could significantly hinder the career prospects of certain groups of employees working remotely even if they have stable work in sectors not economically stricken by the pandemic. According to business consultancy Gartner, which continually researches the issue, at least three broadly drawn groups of workers are experiencing “unfair” career consequences whatever their […] More

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    The post-lockdown office: Mark Kass talks to Oven-Ready HR

    Mark Kass ‘Social entrepreneur’ Mark Kass, takes us through the highs and lows of operating a co-working and business centre operation during the pandemic. CEO and chairman of The Enterprise4Good Group, Mark operates a socially responsible stable of brands to create measurable social, environmental and economic impact. His typical clients are the start-up, SME and […] More

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