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Apprenticeships | ‘Failed’ apprenticeship levy lost employers £2 billion

Employers have lost £2 billion over the last two years due to the failing apprenticeship levy, according to the CIPD.

Wellbeing | Sleep deprivation overlooked in mental health awareness

UK employees who overwork are damaging their sleep patterns and risking long-term poor mental health.

Coronavirus | Gen-Z to base careers on COVID-19 business decisions

Over three quarters (77%) of Gen-Z employees will consider how a business acted during the coronavirus pandemic when choosing a place to work.

D&I | HR magazine launches diversity and inclusion clinic

HR magazine has launched a new Q&A column to answer HR’s burning diversity and inclusion questions.

Wellbeing | HR spends a third of time on mental health support for employees

HR managers now spend an average of almost a third (31%) of their time each month on mental health support for employees than before the pandemic.

Pay | Pay gap reporting outstrips strategy in D&I efforts

The majority (88%) of businesses plan to report their ethnicity pay gap next year despite most (75%) not having a formal framework and analytics in place to tackle D&I.

Hybrid work | Hybrid working to be used by biggest UK employers

Nearly all the 50 biggest UK employers have said they do not plan on bringing their staff back to the office full-time, according to new research by the BBC.

Employment law | Employment fraud has increased throughout the pandemic

Employment certificate fraud rates have increased by nearly 30% throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, compared with the same period of the previous year.

Technology | Automation helped HR through stress of pandemic

New research has found 73% of HR professionals said automation helped them survive the heavy workload created by coronavirus.

COVID-19 | Employers urged prepare for unknown impact of COVID-19

The full economic impact of the pandemic will not be known "until the government’s furlough plaster is ripped off", says Rhys Moon, director at outplacement specialist Renovo.

Awards | New categories added to the HR Excellence Awards 2021

Two new categories have been added to the HR Excellence Awards, that this year will celebrate the magic of HR.

Flexible work | Flexible hour requests drop with rise in homeworking

The CIPD has urged employers to look beyond offering only remote work and instead develop a number of flexible working options.