Hot topic: What would HR find in its own Covid inquiry? Part one

The public inquiry into the UK’s handling of Covid-19 has topped the news since it began in June.

Childcare in the UK becoming less affordable and reliable

The percentage of parents with children aged 0 to 4 who find it difficult to pay for childcare has increased from under a quarter in 2021 (24%) to around a third (32%) in 2022, according to new...

Fight or flight: how to retain ‘flight risk’ employees

One of the more challenging aspects of building a resilient workforce is retaining talent, and mitigating the impact when an employee leaves.

Divorce policies: does your workplace need them?

In January, businesses including Tesco, PwC and Unilever partnered with the Positive Parenting Alliance (PPA) to promote support for colleagues going through divorce. But six months on, is it time for...

Real wages rise for first time in 18 months

A sharp drop in the rate of inflation has given UK workers their first real-terms pay rise in 18 months.

Abortion suggested to one in 61 pregnant women by bosses

New research has found one in 61 pregnant women said their boss had suggested they terminate their pregnancy, according to charity Pregnant Then Screwed (PTS).

How to avoid financial wellbeing washing

In the current economic climate of soaring inflation and low purchasing power, it’s no surprise that many workers are struggling with money and require financial wellbeing support from their employers...

Could term-time working be a positive solution for both employers and parents?

It is that time of year again when children are eagerly awaiting the long summer break from school and many working parents are faced with the nightmare of both trying to find suitable holiday...

Closing the gender pay gap will empower women and deliver economic growth

If we want to be a high-growth country, we might start by tackling a problem which is as old as capitalism itself: the gender pay gap.

UK's new working time plans risk employee exploitation, says TUC

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has today (13 July) warned that ministers’ plans to loosen rules on how working time is recorded would help rogue employers cheat workers out of pay.

Royal Mail settles dispute after 14 months of strikes

Royal Mail workers, represented by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have accepted a deal that will end a 14 month dispute over pay and conditions.

People sustainability: the six key pillars to success

There is a lot more to creating a sustainable business than just using recycled paper. In fact, to really work it requires a substantial refocusing on your people, your suppliers and the wider...

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