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How Chivas Brothers used a job share to retain talent

Leaders of the Scotch whisky company Chivas Brothers, part of the Pernod Ricard Group, have introduced the company's most senior job share yet.

Flexible working: What does the law change mean for HR?

In early 2024, it might have seemed like all HR headlines were about the incoming Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023, which is better known as the flexible working law.

Working parents concerned over children’s mental health

Nearly half (46%) of working parents reported that they were concerned about their children’s mental health while 29% named it a top concern, a report by Deloitte has found.

Less than 2% of job ads offer four-day weeks

Just 1.61% of advertised jobs offer four-day working weeks in the UK, according to analysts at recruitment advisory firm StandoutCV. Is the four-day week overrated?

A third of businesses short-staffed due to sickness

A third (34%) of UK businesses reported being short-staffed at least once a week, a survey commissioned by temporary work platform Indeed Flex has revealed.

How should leaders communicate the new flexible working law to employees? 

Most (70%) employees are unaware of their right to request flexible work adjustments from day one. How can employers communicate this to employees in a clear, inclusive way?

Forced return to work carries legal risks

Leaders who are considering mandating a full-time return to the office, inspired by Dell's move in the US, need to carefully navigate the legal risks.

54% of employees were not consulted about benefits, survey finds

Over half (54%) of employees have rarely, if ever, been consulted about benefits schemes that directly impact their work-life satisfaction, a report form benefits provider Boostworks has found.

Four-day week continued by most trial participants

The largest global trial of the four-day work week has been deemed a success, as 89% of participating companies have continued adopting the practice a year on, research has showed.

Legal ease: Flexible working update for April 2024

The latest changes to flexible working regulations are intended to reflect the continuing evolution of the world of work. Employers should take note of their new responsibilities.

Employee benefits lack adequate support for working parents, survey finds

Just 14% of working parents feel supported by their employee benefits package, according to research by REC Parenting, an online platform that offers support to parents.