• Call for employers to do more for older workers

    Significant numbers of older employees feel they are being discriminated against at work because of their age, including believing they have been turned down for jobs (9%) and being offered fewer opportunities for training and progression (32%). The Centre for Ageing Better’s report calls for employers to be more age-friendly and inclusive of those over […]

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  • The Case for a Four-day Workweek?

    According to a global survey of nearly 3,000 employees across eight countries, 45 percent of full-time workers say it should take less than five hours each day to do their job if they worked uninterrupted. The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and Future Workplace has launched a series examining how employees across Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Mexico, […]

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  • Staff productivity shifts up a gear through popularity of cycle to work schemes

    HR Review reports that to celebrate this year’s Cycle to Work Day, Britain’s Healthiest Workplace – an annual survey developed by VitalityHealth and delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge and RAND Europe – has revealed that three quarters (75%) of employers are taking advantage of cycling’s popularity and are offering a bicycle purchase scheme. […]

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  • New pilot scheme to bring 2,500 seasonal workers to UK farms

    A nationwide two year pilot to bring migrant workers to UK farms has been announced which will mean fruit and vegetable farmers are able to employ migrant workers for seasonal work for up to 6 months. 2,500 workers from outside the EU will be able to come to the UK each year, alleviating labour shortages during peak […]

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  • The NMW and workers who sleep at work

    The Court of Appeal has considered whether a worker who sleeps-in at work and is only woken to carry out a specific task is entitled to receive the national minimum wage (NMW) for their entire shift. What did it decide? A worker who sleeps-in at work and woken when they are needed to carry out […]

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    Emails when commuting should count as work time

    BBC News has published a story about research from the University of the West of England about wider access to wi-fi on trains and the spread of mobile phones extending the working day.  The study examined 5,000 rail passengers and the impact of free wi-fi being upgraded on the London to Birmingham and London to Aylesbury […]

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    Number of over 50s working or available to work will grow by one million

    The Women and Equalities Committee recently published a report concluding that the talents of more than a million people aged over 50 who are out of work but are willing to work, are being wasted because of discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices. Government policy The key Government policy on older workers is set out in its Fuller Working […]

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  • UK companies struggle with how to implement financial wellbeing strategies

    Recent research reveals that UK employers care about the financial needs of their employees and want to help alleviate their financial stress, but are not hitting the spot. Barnett Waddingham, an independent UK consultancy, has published a report ‘Beyond Pensions’. The research of 200 employers reveals that 88% of organisations are concerned about the financial […]

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  • ‘I’ll be watching you’

    The TUC has published a new report on workers’ experiences and views of surveillance at work where 6 in 10 working people fear that greater workplace surveillance through technology will fuel distrust and discrimination. The research report ‘I’ll Be Watching You’ reveals that most UK workers (56%) believe they are currently monitored by their boss […]

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  • 24/7 work culture a challenge for employers to comply with minimum wage

    Employers may need to mitigate the risk of claims from employees who have routinely been working additional hours via their mobile devices outside of their normal working day. Personnel Today has highlighted a case in Ireland which saw a business executive awarded €7,500 after she argued she was required to deal with out-of-hours work emails, some […]

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