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    Flexible working unavailable for nearly half of staff

    Shutterstock A renewed campaign to make the right to request flexible working available from an employee’s first day at work has been launched by the CIPD, after it found flexible working was not an option for 46% of workers. It found a significant proportion of staff did not have access to arrangements such as flexi-time, […] More

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    Rail union threatens national strikes if pay is frozen

    Photo: Shutterstock The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), the UK’s largest specialist transport sector union, has threatened national industrial action if the government imposes a pay freeze across the rail industry. Rail franchises were suspended in March 2020 at the onset of the Covid crisis meaning that services are in effect […] More

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    For Students, HR Is a Meaningful, Practical Career Choice

    ​Human resource professionals, on average, find their work to be meaningful and have a positive view about their long-term prospects, according to a new global survey. These factors, especially given recent events, largely contribute to students’ decision to pursue HR as a career. Liz Supinski, director of research products for the Society for Human Resource […] More

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    DOL Withdraws Three Opinion Letters on Wage and Hour Rules

    President Joe Biden’s administration recently withdrew three opinion letters addressing tipped workers and independent-contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The letters were issued in the last days of the prior administration. “These letters were issued prematurely because they are based on rules that have not gone into effect,” according to the U.S. […] More

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    Dozens steps up its current account offering with ClearBank

    ClearBank’s banking services will provide a raft of new features for Dozens’ customers London, UK, January 28 2021 – ClearBank, the cloud-based clearing bank, today announced it will be helping Dozens, the new challenger digital banking app, upgrade its current account offering. The migration to ClearBank’s banking services will enable Dozens’ customers to set up […] More

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    Biden Signs Order to Increase Access to Comprehensive Health Coverage

    President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Jan. 28 that directs federal agencies to reconsider rules and other policies that limit Americans’ access to health care, such as by allowing less-comprehensive coverage under alternatives to Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant plans, and to consider actions that will protect and strengthen access to comprehensive health […] More

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    2021 Recruiting Trends Shaped by COVID-19

    ​2020 was tough on recruiters. The pandemic and its repercussions devastated some talent acquisition teams, heaped new demands on others and proved to be a historic change agent as virtually recruiting and onboarding a remote workforce became the norm for many. Last year’s adversities will certainly inform talent acquisition trends in 2021. More companies will […] More

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    Employers Continue to Alter Benefits in Response to Pandemic

    Employers are continuing to make benefits changes to support their workforce through the COVID-19 pandemic, new research indicates. For its January 2021 Employee Benefits in a COVID-19 World—Six-Month Update survey report, the nonprofit International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) asked U.S. employers about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their employee benefits plans. […] More

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    Menstruation: nine in 10 experience stress and anxiety while working

    Shutterstock Nine in 10 (89%) employees who menstruate have experienced anxiety or stress while working while on their period. According to research by menstrual wellbeing charity Bloody Good Period, 27% of workers who menstruate have never feel supported by their employers, with 4% stating they do not even have free access to toilets and breaks. […] More

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    Employers overestimating effectiveness of their health benefits, poll finds

    Shutterstock Three in five (63%) business leaders think employers have more responsibility for their workforce’s mental and physical health outside of the workplace than a year ago, but there is a significant gap in how employers and staff view the effectiveness of the support on offer, according to research. More than half (54%) of firms […] More

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