Flexible working

Party Conference Roundup 2021: what HR needs to know

This year’s Labour and Conservative party conferences have now come to an end. Back to in-person events for the first time in almost two years, the two parties set out their competing visions for a...

Monzo founder invests in anti-isolation app for hybrid workers

Monzo founder Tom Bloomfeld has invested in a wellbeing app targeting hybrid-working loneliness.

Employers can reduce poverty by offering flexible work

Flexible work for parents can be a key factor in lifting children out of poverty, a report on poverty in Scotland by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has found.

A working parent’s lessons learned from COVID-19

At the onset of the pandemic, working parents were forced to completely readjust. Almost overnight, what had been considered 'home' evolved to encompass both 'office' and 'classroom'. 

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...

Hybrid working not a panacea for inclusivity

A report out this week suggests that the adoption of hybrid working models would allow nearly 4 million people otherwise unable to work to join the UK workforce.

Are blanket flexible working laws the right thing for UK businesses?

A government move to introduce a day-one right to request flexible working has received a mixed response from campaigners and employers. 

Labour pledges to reform sick pay and ban zero-hours contracts

Labour’s promise to extend and increase sick pay to all workers has been welcomed by unions and charities.

Older workers ceasing employment earlier due to COVID

Older workers have been exiting the workforce earlier since March 2020, according to new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) analysis.

UK employees working extra hours due to COVID

Over half of UK employers say their staff work additional unpaid hours every day.

One in 10 Scottish workers in unstable work

One in 10 employees in Scotland (over 200,000 people) have said their work does not give them a stable or predictable income.

Roadmap out of lockdown: what HR can expect

It is over a year since the pandemic began and businesses are still looking to their people professionals for direction. However, this time it’s to steer them into whatever the ‘next normal’ phase of...