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High Court rules tribunal fees are lawful

Hywel Roberts, 18 Dec 2014

The High Court yesterday (Wednesday 17 December) rejected a judicial review brought by trade union Unison...

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Beware of patchwork jobs recovery, says academic

Hywel Roberts, 18 Dec 2014

A polarisation of the jobs market, high youth unemployment and large regional variations mean the latest...

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ECJ obesity ruling 'real problem' for employers

Hywel Roberts, 18 Dec 2014

The ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that obesity can constitute a disability could cause...

'Trust gap' remains around flexible working

Hywel Roberts, 17 Dec 2014

More than one-quarter (28%) of employers still don’t trust their staff to work flexibly, according...

MPs back equal pay transparency bill

Hywel Roberts, 17 Dec 2014

A bill to give the government powers to force big business to reveal their gender pay data was passed...

Unemployment falls to lowest rate for six years

Hywel Roberts, 17 Dec 2014

UK unemployment fell by 63,000 to 1.96 million in the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest...

UK pay still among lowest in Europe

Hywel Roberts, 16 Dec 2014

British base-level professional pay is still among the lowest in Europe's top 15 economies, despite moving...

Firefighters' pension plans pass Commons vote amid protests

Hywel Roberts, 16 Dec 2014

Controversial plans to raise firefighters' pension age have passed a vote in the House of Commons despite...

Hearst Magazines appoints Surinder Simmons as HR director

Hywel Roberts, 16 Dec 2014

Hearst Magazines UK has announced the appointment of Surinder Simmons as HR director.

Workers on zero-hours contracts earn less than permanent staff

Hywel Roberts, 15 Dec 2014

Staff employed on zero-hours contracts earn on average around £300 per week less than those on permanent...

Labour would make use of migrant labour to undercut wages illegal

Hywel Roberts, 15 Dec 2014

A Labour government would make it a criminal offence to undercut wages with migrant labour, party leader...

Mental health care still poor

Hywel Roberts, 15 Dec 2014

Research finds staff do not rate company mental health strategies as highly as their employers do.

HR's place at top table brings two-way benefits

Hywel Roberts, 12 Dec 2014

HR having a place at the "top table" of organisations brings benefits not only in being able to influence...

Senior executives struggling to develop global teams

Hywel Roberts, 12 Dec 2014

Executives at global firms are struggling to understand what motivates staff to undertake training, leading...

Unfilled board positions putting strain on NHS

Hywel Roberts, 12 Dec 2014

One-third of all NHS providers have at least one unfilled board position, affecting staff morale and...

Employers urged to upskill employees for sustainability

Hywel Roberts, 11 Dec 2014

Business should be upskilling current employees to deal with "urgent" sustainability challenges, according...

Three-quarters of HR professionals work on commute

Hywel Roberts, 11 Dec 2014

Around three-quarters (76%) of HR professionals work on the commute to and from their jobs, according...

UK to return to real wage growth in 2015

Hywel Roberts, 11 Dec 2014

British workers are set for a boost in 2015 as real wage growth returns for only the second year since...

Lord Monks: 'Declining HR lacks influence it had in 70s'

Arvind Hickman, 10 Dec 2014

The HR function has declined too much and does not wield the same level of influence of industrial relations...

CMI: Immigration focus misaligned with business leaders' priorities

Hywel Roberts, 10 Dec 2014

Political parties' preoccupation with immigration in the run-up to next year's election is at odds with...

In this issue: December 2014
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Express delivery: HR logistics at Wincanton

Driving equality: Diversity matters for Ford of Europe

Out of juice: The digital onslaught and wellbeing

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