Employee benefits

What HR wants Rishi Sunak to know before the Spring Budget

As chancellor Rishi Sunak prepares to announce his Budget plans tomorrow, HR magazine found out what HR wants from the government's financial plans.  

Restaurant chain Tomahawk Steakhouse “abusing” furlough scheme

A misuse of the furlough scheme by restaurant chain Tomahawk Steakhouse has angered workers unions and highlighted the importance of HR involvement when caring for staff.

Furlough numbers increase despite scheme's April deadline

Tighter and extended lockdown restrictions have meant the number of employees on furlough rose by 700,000 in January this year, despite the scheme's currently scheduled end on 30 April 2021.

Core benefits need to be extended to all workers

Many employers are not providing employee benefits that support the core needs of their workforce, according to a new survey by consultancy Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing.

Gender pay gap reporting extension could give firms wrong message

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will be giving UK firms a six-month grace period if they do not report their gender pay gap data by 30 March (public sector) or 4 April (private) 2021.

Older workers’ employability is an HRD responsibility, part two

While people are working longer and longer, there is a perception that older workers are less able to move between jobs than younger cohorts, and HR needs to address that, finds Silvia Dello Russo.

Features

Easy steps for HR to create trans-inclusive workplaces

Let me be blunt - in 2021, it is still the case that trans and gender diverse individuals face a significant level of discrimination and marginalisation in both society and the workplace. If we spoke...

Uber’s Supreme Court loss demonstrates the difficulties in defining employment

The Supreme Court handed down its long-anticipated judgment in the case of Uber BV and others v Aslam and others on 19 February.

Uber loses Supreme Court battle resulting in drivers classed as workers

Uber drivers in the UK will now be entitled to the national minimum wage, holiday pay and rest breaks after being officially classed as workers rather than self-employed by the Supreme Court.

Employees with asthma need more support

Employees with uncontrolled asthma earn around £3,000 less per year than the average adult due to limited work opportunities.

Workers can warm to a pay freeze if handled sensitively

Staff understand that things aren’t easy right now and many will have already written off a mid-pandemic pay rise, but if you can show you’re grateful for their hard graft, they will appreciate it,...

Uber’s rights ruling could have implications for UK gig economy

Proposed changes to Uber drivers' rights could have wide-reaching effects for the European gig economy.

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