A quarter of new dads are missing out on paternity leave and pay, says TUC
Jun18

A quarter of new dads are missing out on paternity leave and pay, says TUC

As many UK families will be enjoying Father’s Day today, some sobering analysis published today by the TUC found that one in four men who became fathers in 2016 didn’t qualify for paternity leave or pay. In 2016 there were around 625,000 working dads around the UK with a child under one. However, a quarter of them (25%) – more than 157,000 new fathers – did not qualify for the up to two weeks’ statutory paternity leave and...

Read More
Grenfell Tower fire highlights fire risk of high-rise buildings
Jun16

Grenfell Tower fire highlights fire risk of high-rise buildings

The tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London has raised serious concerns about fire safety in high rise buildings, which are often used for commercial purposes as well as residential accommodation. The fire, which is believed to have started on the fourth floor, spread quickly to engulf the entire 24 storey building. All floors from the second floor up were affected and seventeen people are known to have died, with police saying they...

Read More
Research finds that ‘Dad’s help’ influences career choices & values
Jun16

Research finds that ‘Dad’s help’ influences career choices & values

New research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library   has found that nearly one in five (18.7%) professionals were influenced by their dad when deciding which career path to take, rising to 29.4% amongst those under the age of 18. The survey, which questioned 1,200 UK workers ahead of Father’s Day, found that one in 10 (9.8%) have followed the career path of their dad , rising to 12.3% amongst millennials. In fact,...

Read More
RedArc calls for improved workplace support for stressed-out Dads
Jun16

RedArc calls for improved workplace support for stressed-out Dads

Men are less likely to seek medical help for mental health problems and also less likely to disclose mental health problems to friends and family, despite a third of fathers saying they regularly felt burnt out, and so this Father’s Day, RedArc is calling for employers to do more to support dads in the workplace. RedArc knows that alongside the excitement of becoming a new parent, the responsibility can lay heavily on the shoulders of...

Read More
European countries putting the UK’s paternity leave to shame – Swedish fathers get an extra 80 days with their newborn
Jun16

European countries putting the UK’s paternity leave to shame – Swedish fathers get an extra 80 days with their newborn

Ahead of Father’s Day, here’s a few facts about parental leave for British Dads: Just 1% of dads in the UK take advantage of shared parental leave “Two weeks is not enough time off for new fathers in Britain and paid leave for dads specifically should be increased!” A total of 28 countries have better paternity leave and pay schemes than the UK Swedish fathers get a huge 80 additional days with their new-born compared to...

Read More
Changes to salary sacrifice part of new Finance Act 2017
Jun15

Changes to salary sacrifice part of new Finance Act 2017

  Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has said that employers who were hoping for a reprieve from the changes to Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OPRA) will be disappointed and must take action to comply. The Finance Bill 2017 has now received Royal Assent, making it the Finance Act 2017 and while many original clauses were cut, the OPRA elements have remained largely intact. Aon...

Read More
What does last week’s election mean for HR and employers?
Jun15

What does last week’s election mean for HR and employers?

Andrew Masters, Partner and Head of Employment at leading South East law firm Furley Page explains how last week’s election result is likely to impact on UK employers. As the Conservative Party, propped up with voting support from Northern Ireland’s DUP, press on with the business of government, employers and HR professionals will be wondering what lies ahead and what changes are likely to impact on them. The challenging...

Read More
Common HR Myths exposed
Jun15

Common HR Myths exposed

Exposing Common Employment Law Myths Mandy Fitzmaurice, a leading HR expert and Managing Director of Purple HR, uncovers a few commonly held myths about employment law. For employers, managing a business whilst trying to navigate the minefield of our nation’s employment law can be a real headache. When your attention is naturally drawn to looking after your customers and keeping the cash flowing, it can be very tempting to take a few...

Read More
Recruiters urged to check suppliers in wake of £45m fraud case
Jun15

Recruiters urged to check suppliers in wake of £45m fraud case

6CATS International has warned recruitment agencies to ensure that their suppliers are fully compliant before committing to using their services. The leading global contractor compliance consultancy has urged agency directors to check that all of their suppliers are fully compliant and operating in a completely transparent and legal way. This comes in the wake of a case involving Quality Premier Services (QPS), an umbrella firm which...

Read More
The role HR can play in a time of disruption to shape a progressive culture
Jun15

The role HR can play in a time of disruption to shape a progressive culture

Nick Torday, Managing Director, Edo, explains why the role of HR is pivotal in helping business culture respond positively to change Most industries right now are experiencing seismic change engendered by disruptive technologies and the pace of change in the external market. This manifests itself in many ways, none less than in the make-up, shape, skills and capabilities of people. Now more than ever, the role of HR in shaping a...

Read More
Robey’s Blog: Don’t let your recruitment get Trumped!
Jun15

Robey’s Blog: Don’t let your recruitment get Trumped!

  Poor Donald Trump[1].  It seems that POTUS has been having trouble with his recruitment efforts.  It seems to me – expert in US political analysis as I am – that Donald’s problems arise from a serious conflict of priorities: on the one hand, he yearns for the political credibility that emerges from the ability to assemble an executive team of high-performing professionals; but on the other, it seems that he struggles to work...

Read More
Hospitality leader establishes ’employee board’ to drive staff engagement
Jun15

Hospitality leader establishes ’employee board’ to drive staff engagement

Hospitality group Kew Green Hotels has announced it has established its first Employee Board, an early adoption in the UK hospitality industry. The company already drive employee engagement with staff awards and an industry leading cultural training programme. The new board has been established with the goal of ensuring all employees have a channel through which to have their voices heard, and to help employees have a direct and...

Read More
What’s distracting employees and killing productivity?  We asked the employees…
Jun15

What’s distracting employees and killing productivity? We asked the employees…

Businesses lose thousands of pounds each year due to unproductive employees, those who are distracted from getting on with their daily tasks set by their employers, and a new survey conducted by Clarendon London has revealed exactly what is causing such behaviour in the workplace. The company asked 2,000 employed Brits to reveal the biggest cause of distraction for themselves whilst working, that which prevents them from being as...

Read More
Bored, distracted employees pose biggest data security risk – and over half of experts would trust tech over humans
Jun15

Bored, distracted employees pose biggest data security risk – and over half of experts would trust tech over humans

Bored employees who become distracted at work are more likely to be the cause of human error and a potential security risk, according to a snapshot poll conducted by Centrify at Europe’s leading infosecurity event, Infosec Europe in London this week. While more than a third (35 per cent) of survey respondents cite distraction and boredom as the main cause of human error, other causes include heavy workloads (19 per cent), excessive...

Read More
Over half of UK recruiters not ‘Google for Jobs’ ready, warn digital marketing experts
Jun15

Over half of UK recruiters not ‘Google for Jobs’ ready, warn digital marketing experts

More than half of the top 100 recruiters in the UK are not prepared for Google’s new job search service, Google for Jobs, which is about to launch in the US before being rolled out in the UK, I-COM warns. The Manchester digital marketing agency surveyed the websites of 100 of the country’s largest recruitment firms. It found that only 47 had implemented the required ‘Schema’ formatting that Google uses to interpret web-page...

Read More