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Apprenticeships | The ‘failed’ apprenticeship levy needs reform, says CIPD

The apprenticeship levy has now failed on every measure and needs to be reformed immediately, according to the CIPD.

Rewards and recognition | Hybrid working could change employee rewards

Traditional employee reward structures, such as salary bands, could be a thing of the past due to hybrid working, according to accountancy firm PwC.

Mental wellbeing | HR heads must find ways to combat loneliness

Nearly a third of UK adults are suffering from loneliness in the latest lockdown, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

CJRS | 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.

Communication | Employees distrust senior leaders due to poor communication

Senior leaders who have failed to communicate empathetically with their teams during coronavirus have created distrust within the workplace, leading to staff looking for new jobs.

Reward | 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.

Return to work | Boris Johnson's ‘roadmap’ leaves HR in the lurch

Plans to return to the workplace after the UK’s third national lockdown are unclear leaving HR teams with more questions than answers.

Gender equality | 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.

Burnout | WFH is increasing incidence of employee burnout

Working from home is intensifying work-related stress and aggravating motivation issues for UK workers, according to a new report.

Gender equality | Coronavirus pandemic puts women’s equality at risk

MPs have put pressure on the UK government to support women’s employment during the coronavirus pandemic.

Monitoring | Quarter of HR leaders unsure where employees are working from

A global survey of HR professionals has found that teams need to be more aware of where in the world their staff are working.

Vaccine | Legalising ‘no jab, no job’ vaccine policy

Employers may be able to insist that new employees take the COVID-19 vaccine, however HR is concerned it will create a minefield of compliance and discrimination issues.