Thorntons amps up family-friendly policies

Law firm Thorntons has introduced new family-friendly policies, including trebling paid maternity leave and upping paternity leave to 12 weeks.

How should leaders communicate the new flexible working law to employees? 

Most (70%) employees are unaware of their right to request flexible work adjustments from day one. How can employers communicate this to employees in a clear, inclusive way?

Employers sustain return to office push

Nearly all (98%) companies have continued to encourage employees to return to the office, research by Towergate Health & Protection found.

"Multinational companies need a cohesive approach to employee benefits"

In an era defined by interconnectedness and globalisation, multinational companies find themselves navigating increasingly diverse markets and cultural landscapes.

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MPs call for sick pay boost

Statutory sick pay (SSP) is failing to provide enough support for those who most need financial help when ill; it should be increased and made more widely available, MPs said last week (28 March).

HR faces real-terms pay cut due to inflation, analysis finds

HR professionals have faced a real-terms pay cut of as much as 8% since 2021 due to the cost of inflation, analysis by HR software provider Ciphr has revealed.

The new frontier of employee engagement: Personalised benefits

Are benefits important to workers? The answer is a resounding yes.

54% of employees were not consulted about benefits, survey finds

Over half (54%) of employees have rarely, if ever, been consulted about benefits schemes that directly impact their work-life satisfaction, a report form benefits provider Boostworks has found.

Hot topic: Should whistleblowers be paid?

Whistleblowing reports are on the rise, and employers are being called out, both for substandard disclosure channels and for not taking concerns seriously.

Quarter of mothers do extra work to cover childcare cost, survey finds

A quarter of mothers with children under the age of five have taken on extra work to cover the increased cost of childcare, a survey by Indeed Flex has found.

P&O Ferries paid some workers £4.87 an hour through agency loophole

P&O Ferries has paid some seafaring workers less than half minimum wage, according to a report from The Guardian.

“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.