Liberal Democrats’ manifesto: What HR needs to know

The Lib Dems have released their manifesto, ahead of the general election, highlighting gig workers’ rights, closing skills gaps, parental leave and sick pay.

How should employers support parents with a seriously ill child?

A petition has been started for a statutory requirement for employers to offer career breaks for parents with a seriously ill child, but some have questioned the practicality of such a policy.

Carer’s Leave Bill – what employers need to know

The Carer’s Leave Bill is expected to come into force in 2024 after it received final approval from the House of Lords in May.

It's time to give back to working carers

Unsung heroes are a trope I didn’t think I’d ever be referencing. As a journalist, I’m somewhat opposed to any kind of buzzword as I find them lazy and reductive (looking at you, quiet quitting). But...

Unpaid carer workforce grows by 4.3 million each year

An average of 12,000 people become unpaid carers every day in the UK, the equivalent of 4.3 million people every year according to new research from charity Carers UK.

Government backs new bills for pregnant workers and unpaid carers

The government has thrown its support behind new laws designed to help both pregnant workers and unpaid carers in the UK.

Virgin among first companies providing paid carer and neonatal leave

Virgin Media O2 has rolled out enhanced employee wellbeing initiatives, becoming one of the first UK companies to offer both paid neonatal and paid carer's leave to workers.

Employers overlooking workers with double care duties

A sandwich generation of employees – those supporting both young children and elderly parents – are being neglected by their employers.

Flexible work stigma still an obstacle in UK

Data released by Business in the Community (BITC), has revealed that even after two years of remote working, employees are still fearful of asking about flexible working when applying for a job.

'I don't know how I'm surviving': vast majority of job ads still don't mention flexibility

Nearly three-quarters of UK job vacancies do not mention flexible working despite a huge shift in working styles post-pandemic.

Government confirms plans to improve flexible work and carers' rights

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed its intentions to give UK workers the right to request flexible working from day one of the their employment, as well as...

The silent struggle of carers

The UK has an estimated seven million registered carers - that’s a staggering one in 10 people. That number is only set to grow too, and over the next 30 years, it’s anticipated the total will have...