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Conference | CIPD Festival of Work 2024: Day one round up

The CIPD 2024 Festival of Work began at the Excel centre in London yesterday (12 June). Here are some of the highlights and what you may have missed from day one of the event.

Learning and development | Skills gap to worsen by 2035, research suggests

Up to 7 million workers in England may lack the essential skills to do their jobs by the year 2035, research conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has revealed.

Employment law | Green Party’s manifesto: What HR needs to know

The Green Party has released its manifesto, ahead of next month’s general election, focusing on environmental commitments, union support and wage changes.

Retention | How leaders can foster engagement during the ‘Big Stay’

As workers delay moving jobs, it is becoming far more important for leaders to keep employees engaged and energised.

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Governance | M&S director resigns after retailer swipes Rightmove chief

A non-executive director (NED) of M&S resigned after he discovered the retailer hired the finance chief of Rightmove.

Culture | The cost of niceness 

Operational Efficiency

On the surface, the word “nice” is seen as a positive, even in business. But what does it mean to have a “nice” workplace culture?

Employment tribunal | Repeatedly misnaming employee is race harassment, tribunal rules

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A British Indian bathroom salesman was harassed by a sales director who referred to him by the wrong name four times, a tribunal has ruled.

Wellbeing | Braced to face the banking bullies: exclusive interview

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By failing to prioritise staff wellbeing, companies are literally getting away with murder, says the former global head of recruiting for Goldman Sachs, Ian Dodd, who is preparing to sue the...

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Employment law | Conservatives' manifesto: What HR needs to know

The Conservatives have announced their manifesto ahead of the general election (4 July). It highlighted childcare, skills, national insurance, pensions and welfare.

Compliance | Adrian Chiles returns to tribunal over £1.7m IR35 case

TV presenter Adrian Chiles will head back to tribunal to face HMRC over £1.7 million in tax claims, after an appeal found that the first-tier tribunal (FTT) had misinterpreted the law.

Recruitment | Has tech taken the soul out of recruiting?

Recruiters and candidates are increasingly using technology to manage the high volume of available roles. How is this impacting the recruiting experience? Tim Stone investigates.

Technology | How AI can enhance HR compliance

To implement AI effectively, organisations need to carefully plan where it fits into existing processes or the creation of new ones while staying within the parameters of the law and addressing...

Labour market | Pay offers soar as workers prioritise job safety

Pay growth continued to rise while unemployment increased, the latest labour market data from the Office for National Statistics showed (11 June).

Recruitment | Employers trying and failing to hire Gen Z

Nearly half of UK managers (45%) indicated that they intend to hire workers aged 25 and under from July to September of this year, a survey by recruitment firm ManpowerGroup has found (11 June).

Employee relations | How HR can prevent conflict at work

People who experience conflict in the workplace have lower job satisfaction and are more likely to experience poorer mental and physical health, according to a study from the CIPD.

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“Bland” Spring Budget a flop for HR

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Spring Budget has gone down poorly with employment experts, who have criticised its narrow focus on personal tax cuts and “bland and beige” policies.

'Loud budgeting' is trending – here's what HR can learn

Cost of living

There’s a reason trends go viral. It’s because they tap into the zeitgeist and vocalise something lots of us are thinking. This is certainly the case with 'loud budgeting'. 

Employment tribunal fees may be re-introduced

Employment law

The government has proposed plans to introduce fees at employment tribunals in a move it said will claimants and employers to reach a settlement.

Young people turning down jobs over transport and uniform costs

Diversity & inclusion

Research found 5% of young people who are unemployed had to turn down a job because they cannot afford the costs to start, including rent, transport or uniform, according to NatWest and the Prince’s...