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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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    DWP ‘on track’ to hit work coaches recruitment target

    Image: Shutterstock The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has hired an additional 10,000 work coaches, who will provide job-seekers with advice around upskilling and finding their next role. Last year the government set a target of recruiting 13,500 Jobcentre Plus work coaches by the end of March 2021 – taking the work coach workforce […] More

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    European Commission to consult over future of gig economy

    Photo: Shutterstock The European Commission on Wednesday began its consultation on the rights of gig economy workers whose labour is governed by digital platforms. The commission’s process is made up of two parts: the first, which will last six weeks, will see businesses, workers and unions consulted on “the need and direction of possible EU […] 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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    Asda restructure set to impact 5,000 jobs

    Luis Santos / Shutterstock.com Asda has begun consultations with 5,000 staff set to be affected by a major restructure in response to the boom in online shopping. As part of its plans to expand its “in store pick” model – where online orders are picked by store employees rather than in warehouses – it plans […] 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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    Grant Eldred joins Clifford Chance as chief people officer

    Bastian Kienitz / Alamy Stock Photo Magic Circle law firm Clifford Chance has appointed Grant Eldred as its new chief people officer. Eldred will commence his new role in April, having previously worked as global head of HR transformation at Goldman Sachs. He will sit on the firm’s executive operations group. Clifford Chance has also […] More

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    LGBT inclusivity: Post-pandemic steps for HR

    Shutterstock To mark the end of LGBT History Month, Gareth Johnson outlines some next steps for employers as they consider a return to the office and shares some of the work Amazon is doing to promote inclusivity. As we reach the end of LGBT History Month, it’s an important time to reflect on inclusivity in […] More

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    Eight-fold increase in leave requests after roadmap announcement

    LucyLilu / Shutterstock.com Employers could be handling a surge of annual leave requests following the Prime Minister’s ‘roadmap’ announcement earlier this week, with one HR software provider reporting an eight-fold increase in requests made via its platforn. Holiday operators reported a wave of bookings after Boris Johnson announced lockdown easing plans. Tui said bookings for […] More

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    HR pay rises less than the national average

    Pic: Shutterstock Research by Reed has found pay rises for HR professionals were less than those enjoyed by the rest of the workforce. The survey revealed average wages for those in the HR sector grew by 1.9% during 2020, compared to the UK average of 2.3%. The data confirmed this was the third-lowest performing sector, […] More

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    Presenter Kaye Adams wins IR35 tax case

    Kaye Adams was found to “be in business on her own account”WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo TV and radio presenter Kaye Adams has won a case at the tax tribunal after judges ruled that the BBC was not required to treat her as a PAYE employee. Adams provided her services to the BBC […] More

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