The Challenges Businesses Face Re-hiring Post Covid
May07

The Challenges Businesses Face Re-hiring Post Covid

The coronavirus pandemic has hit many businesses hard, affecting retail, hospitality, tourism and events industries particularly badly.  Many businesses have been forced to close or cut back to a few key staff.  A YouGov survey in 2020 found that half of businesses said they would have to lay off staff within three months of the furlough scheme ending.  Just 34 per cent of 503 business leaders polled said they would not...

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Young people now hold more trust in charities and non-profits than government with long-term health
May07

Young people now hold more trust in charities and non-profits than government with long-term health

Young people around the world now hold more trust with their long-term health in charities and non-profit organisations than the government, a new report reveals. The new B+A Global Youth Pulse revealed 40% of people aged 13-24 trust charities and non-profit firms with their long-term health over government. Just a fifth (19%) trust their governments with their long-term health, a year on from the beginning of the coronavirus...

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79% of those on furlough considering applying to jobs below their skill level
May06

79% of those on furlough considering applying to jobs below their skill level

Research released today by NTT DATA UK, a world leader in consulting and IT services, reveals that 79% of people on the UK government’s furlough scheme are considering applying for jobs they are overqualified for if they cannot return to their existing employment. The findings of NTT DATA UK’s survey of furloughed people suggest widespread uncertainty once the furlough scheme comes to an end.  The UK government’s Coronavirus Job...

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Pandemic exposes underlying hardships faced by working drivers
May05

Pandemic exposes underlying hardships faced by working drivers

Pandemic exposes underlying hardships faced by working drivers A new study by IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, has exposed the underlying hardships faced by working drivers that were already prevalent before the pandemic and are now likely to worsen. The newly-released whitepaper paints a worrying picture for workers who drive for a living. Delivery drivers, taxi and private hire drivers, the...

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Employment fraud rates increased 30% throughout pandemic
May05

Employment fraud rates increased 30% throughout pandemic

Primary Source Verification provider, TrueProfile.io® highlights the troubling increase in fraud rates since the onset of the pandemic Employment certificate fraud rates have increased by nearly 30% throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, when compared to the same period of the previous year. This is according to TrueProfile.io, a leading provider of Primary Source Verification (PSV) services, which advises that this alarming...

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How HR leaders can rebuild the confidence of older workers post-pandemic
Apr30

How HR leaders can rebuild the confidence of older workers post-pandemic

Paul Naha-Biswas, CEO and Founder of Sixley Throughout the pandemic, we’ve heard politicians and public bodies raise the alarm about a potential lost generation of younger workers. On 19th April, the One Nation group of Tory MPs called on Boris Johnson to give every member of ‘generation COVID’ a one-off payment of £500 to help them deal with the financial losses caused by the pandemic. And, in September last year, the Government...

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5 Tips for Returning to Business as Usual After Covid-19
Apr28

5 Tips for Returning to Business as Usual After Covid-19

Over the past year, many businesses have had to drastically change the way they operate. As offices were closed down and customers forced to stay at home, businesses needed to find a way to continue to run despite the problems around them. This involved either shutting down the business entirely or transitioning their teams to work from home. Now, however, it’s starting to become safe again for businesses to re-open. Hopefully, before...

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Dismissal of employee with COVID-19 concerns was not automatically unfair
Apr28

Dismissal of employee with COVID-19 concerns was not automatically unfair

Partner Sue Dowling, head of leading Thames Valley law firm Blandy & Blandy’s Employment Law team, looks at the recent case of Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Ltd ET1803829/2020 and what it means for employees and employers.  The case With the UK’s first national Lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic now being over a year ago, it was only a matter of time before we saw a case on the subject reach an employment tribunal....

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40% of UK Employers Opt for Mandatory Vaccinations and Ignore Jab-Reluctant Gen Z
Apr23

40% of UK Employers Opt for Mandatory Vaccinations and Ignore Jab-Reluctant Gen Z

As Britain passes the one-year anniversary of WHO declaring the global pandemic, COVID-19 vaccination processes are well underway across the world. With more than 32 million Brits now having received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccines, people management platform Employment Hero reveals new data on how employees and employers are feeling as vaccinations amp up and lockdown restrictions ease.  In a survey of more than 500...

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Brits ready to return to the workplace, but not without vaccination
Apr15

Brits ready to return to the workplace, but not without vaccination

A workforce fatigued by restrictions and safety concerns is emerging with a more optimistic and hopeful outlook for the year ahead, according to Randstad’s latest survey of over 27,000 workers in 34 countries. Research revealed that there is a clear desire for employees to return to the workplace, however not without having the vaccine first.  strong desire to return to the workplace Until a return to work is possible, feelings...

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Hiding work equipment among new domestic abuse tactics used during lockdown
Apr14

Hiding work equipment among new domestic abuse tactics used during lockdown

A new report from Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA), The Cost of Covid: Economic abuse throughout the pandemic has revealed how domestic abusers utilised Covid-19 restrictions to restrict, exploit and/or sabotage victims’ economic resources, compromising their physical safety. Perpetrators also developed new context-specific tactics for control during lockdown, including hiding work equipment, wrongly informing a victim’s employer they...

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Tax relief available for UK employees WFH
Apr09

Tax relief available for UK employees WFH

Back in October 2020, HMRC launched a brand new microservice that meant that even if you had only worked from home for one day during the Coronavirus pandemic, you could be eligible to claim for tax relief. Martin Lewis OBE has been urging employees around the UK to take advantage of this opportunity via his website, Money Saving Expert, founded in 2003. Martin Lewis wrote an article about this microservice, encouraging those who have...

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New report reveals how a year of Covid-19 has seen employees embrace stress management
Apr07

New report reveals how a year of Covid-19 has seen employees embrace stress management

Employees have adapted to the changing pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic by embracing a range of mental health support, according to a global report by the world’s largest wellbeing platform, Gympass.  The report, ‘What a year of Covid-19 has taught us about stress and adaptability’, features data from nine countries around the world, including the UK, USA, Spain and Germany, on use of thousands of fitness and wellbeing...

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Employers bringing healthy nutrition to their workforce during COVID-19 uncertainty
Apr07

Employers bringing healthy nutrition to their workforce during COVID-19 uncertainty

One in three people worldwide suffers from malnutrition today, making it a massive global concern impacting individuals, businesses, and economies alike – in both developing and developed countries. The health impacts of COVID-19 on workforces are bringing heightened concerns to businesses worldwide. In response, employers around the globe are increasingly investing in the nutritional health of their employees, realizing the strong...

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What employees want post-pandemic: 5 ways for employers to show they care
Apr06

What employees want post-pandemic: 5 ways for employers to show they care

Bernerdine Noronha, innovator of digital personal storage platform, myFRP Last March, we saw millions of employees in organisations across the country break away from normality, finding themselves almost immediately dispatched from their offices to begin the biggest working from home experiment in history. Following this drastic change and time of uncertainty for many businesses, employees have proven to be invaluable in supporting...

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