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Spring Budget 2024: what HR wants

Ahead of the Spring Budget on 6 March, HR hopes that chancellor Jeremy Hunt will make changes to skills training, IR35, childcare and the regulation of umbrella companies.

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M&S doubles parental leave and increases pay

M&S has enhanced its parental leave policy and launched a new retail pay offer.

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Royal Mail sued over drivers' gig economy status

Royal Mail is being sued by drivers that it has classified as self-employed, meaning they are not entitled to holiday pay, sick pay or minimum wage. 

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ICO bans leisure centres from using biometric data to monitor employees

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered the public service provider Serco Leisure to stop using biometric data to track employees’ attendance. 

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HR among top sectors to benefit from government AI grants, data reveals 

HR organisations are among those benefiting most from government grants for adapting to AI innovation, research has revealed. 

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Millions worked unpaid overtime in 2023, TUC reveals

Employers claimed £26 billion of free labour due to 3.8 million people working overtime in 2023, analysis from TUC has revealed.

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Four-day week continued by most trial participants

The largest global trial of the four-day work week has been deemed a success, as 89% of participating companies have continued adopting the practice a year on, research has showed.

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Offer menopause support or risk discrimination claims, says new guidance

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has issued new guidance on menopause for employers.

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Greggs, Estee Lauder and EasyJet named and shamed for minimum wage breach

Greggs, Estee Lauder and EasyJet are among 524 business that failed to pay their employees minimum wage between 2015 and 2023.

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Employers fail to meet increased demand for financial support, research reveals

Employers are underestimating employees’ need for financial support during the cost of living crisis, new research has found.

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Fire and rehire crackdown "lacks bite", unions say

The government’s new statutory Code of Practice on the use of fire and rehire tactics has been criticised for not going far enough to deter employers.

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Avanti West Coast under fire for menopause gift bags

Avanti West Coast has faced criticism after its employee support group offered staff a gift bag that rail union representatives described as demeaning and insulting.

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