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How companies are prioritising staff health to boost productivity

An ONS study found more than 140 million working days were lost to sickness in 2018, equating to 4.4 days per worker.

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Second wave of coronavirus and no-deal Brexit threaten UK employment prospects

?The unemployment rate may reach 9% by the end of the year, according to thinktank EY Item Club, an increase from 3.9% in the month to May.

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HR warned to prepare for second wave of coronavirus with workplace testing

HR is being asked to create a response plan and testing protocol to prepare for a potential second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

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HR directors predict wave of flexible working requests

HR directors expect 70% of their workforce will have flexible working once coronavirus restrictions are lifted, a 45% increase on current levels.

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CIPD calls for bereavement leave and pay for all employees experiencing close family loss

The CIPD is calling for the right to bereavement leave and pay to be extended to all employees experiencing the loss of a close family member.

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Wellbeing initiatives need more data backing

Poor quality data is impacting employers’ attempts to create a better workplace wellbeing culture.

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MPs criticised as job vacancies reach record low

?MPs have been accused of watching from the side-lines rather than stopping job losses by TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.

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Mental health stigma remains in the workplace despite campaigns

There is still a stigma around mental health in the workplace, with workers afraid to open up about their problems.

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Availability of temporary staff reaches record high

?The availability of workers in the UK throughout June rose at the quickest rate since the depths of economic recession in January 2009 due to redundancies and workers on furlough.

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Antibody testing could be needed to make employees safe at work

?Employers are considering introducing antibody testing in the workplace to ensure employees feel safe returning to work.

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Furlough scheme makes pay cuts the norm

?UK employers have slashed pay rise budgets and reduced the size of their workforce as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Willis Towers Watson.

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Companies urged to create global disability inclusion strategy

?Global brands are struggling to serve the needs of disabled people by not developing an inclusive strategy for their employees.

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