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Inequality | COVID impacts ambition of disadvantaged young people

Young people from lower-income households have lowered their career ambitions, since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, as they fear their goals are now unachievable.

Furlough | Furlough and Universal Credit uplift saved working families

Government financial support provided a lifeline to workers struggling with in-work poverty during the coronavirus pandemic.

Job sharing | Government must cut cost of job sharing, urge MPs

MPs and non-profit groups (NGOs) have called on the UK government to make job sharing a mainstream working practice.

IR35 | IR35 regs highlight need to clarify employment status

HR has been warned that HMRC are likely to challenge the status of more consultants following changes to IR35 regulations.

Sick days | Sickness absences fall to lowest rate in 15 years, highlighting work from home pitfall

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, UK sickness absence fell last year, sparking fears that employees are continuing to work while ill and working from home.

Lockdown changes | Lifting of lockdown restrictions leaves employers apprehensive

The easing of lockdown restrictions on 19 July in England has worried employers, as the change to face covering and social distancing rules could divide the UK workforce.

Anti-racism | Businesses reduce use of BAME over racism concerns

Reports highlighting racism in UK business are leading companies to distance themselves from the widely used BAME acronym.

Pay and the pandemic | Employees scared to ask for pay rises post-pandemic

Employees are less confident about asking for a pay rise than they were pre-pandemic as they fear their company has struggled financially over the past 18 months.

Right to work | Tight EU settled status deadline risks workplace fraud

Employers need to be wary of false identity documents following the deadline for EU workers to apply for settled status ending.

Wellbeing | More employers to offer 'burnout weeks'

The number of employers offering staff paid 'burnout weeks', intended to alleviate the stresses of the pandemic, is increasing and looks set to become a trend.

Gender balance | Siemens targets engineering gender bias

Siemens is aiming for gender parity with a new recruitment programme aimed at boosting the number of women in engineering.

Flexible working | Unequal flexi work options creating two-tier workforce

The difference in flexible working arrangements being offered to different regions across the UK risks fracturing the workforce, cautions the CIPD.