Employers need more help in navigating the Apprenticeship Levy

Employers need more help in navigating the Apprenticeship Levy

According to the latest governmental statistics, apprenticeships reached a record high in 2014/15 with over 871,000 apprenticeship participants within the UK. The majority of these were in the service sector, and almost three quarters were concentrated in three sectors: Business, Administration and Law; Retail and Commerce Enterprise and Public Services and Care. Last year the government announced its […]

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Apathy, laxity and ineptitude continue to dog data security issues

Apathy, laxity and ineptitude continue to dog data security issues

How firms must hanker for the days when the issue of corporate data security could usually be addressed simply by asking what somebody had in their bag when they left the building or were fired. Amongst other things, the practice of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) means that the ways for data to leak out of the […]

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Employers and fathers increasingly keen on shared parental leave

Employers and fathers increasingly keen on shared parental leave

Over three quarters of employers welcome shared parental leave despite concerns about its complexity and implementation and many are considering adapting their policies in light of new legislation set to be introduced in April, according to a report from Workingmums.co.uk. The survey of over 400 employers found that 81 percent welcomed shared parental leave, with […]

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Flexible working may improve productivity, but does it diminish creativity?

Flexible working may improve productivity, but does it diminish creativity?

Homeworking seems to have become a bit of a hot topic this year, but one sentence published on the www.gov.uk website brought a cold sweat to the brows of many managers and employees across the United Kingdom. “From 30 June 2014, all employees have the legal right to request flexible working – not just parents […]

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New report urges firms to protect against BYOD security breaches

New report urges firms to protect against BYOD security breaches

According to a new report from BT, security breaches related to the practice of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and related forms of mobile working have affected 41 percent of UK organisations over the last year. Despite this, the report claims organisations are still not taking sufficient measures to protect themselves against threats such as […]

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EU’s targeted 2030 greenhouse gas cuts receive lukewarm welcome from industry

EU’s targeted 2030 greenhouse gas cuts receive lukewarm welcome from industry

The states of the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. The EU says it aims to meet the new target in the most cost-effective ways possible. The EU has also set itself the target of generating 27 percent of energy […]

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Government invites responses on EU public sector procurement regs

Government invites responses on EU public sector procurement regs

The UK Government is inviting firms to contribute to a new consultation on the implementation of the latest EU draft regulations for public sector procurement. The Government claims that the consultation follows two years negotiation with the EU on the simplification and modernisation of public sector purchasing and its results will help them to implement […]

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Lack of joined up thinking hampers efforts to reduce commercial property energy consumption

Lack of joined up thinking hampers efforts to reduce commercial property energy consumption

A new report commissioned by the Green Construction Board, Property Industry Alliance and UK Government claims that efforts to tackle energy consumption in commercial property and reduce the associated emissions of greenhouse gases needs a new approach to the way policies are understood, monitored and enforced. The warnings come in a paper produced by Deloitte […]

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Is it time to stamp out e-cigarettes in your workplace?

Is it time to stamp out e-cigarettes in your workplace?

Electronic cigarettes, love them or hate them, they are here, but are they here to stay? Since 1 July 2007, smoking in enclosed or substantially enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK has been prohibited. E-cigarettes however emit water vapour rather than smoke and therefore could be legally used in public places and workplaces. […]

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Employers may need to take a disciplined approach to the World Cup

Employers may need to take a disciplined approach to the World Cup

With the World Cup now underway, many football fans will be gripped with football fever over the next month, but employers could face HR headaches as a result. Given the time difference in Brazil, games at this year’s World Cup will take place during the late afternoon and evenings in the UK. England’s opening game […]

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Queen’s Speech was light on employment legislation, but don’t forget flexible work changes

Queen’s Speech was light on employment legislation, but don’t forget flexible work changes

This year’s Queen’s Speech was the last before the 2015 general election and included a relatively light legislative programme of just 11 new bills. Some of the key employment changes being proposed include changes to childcare, the national minimum wage, and zero-hours contracts. But in fact a key development which was not included in the Queen’s […]

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Flexible working benefits are undermined by short sighted employers

Flexible working benefits are undermined by short sighted employers

There has been a growing perception that flexible working practices are now commonplace in the workplace. However a recent report from Working Families, a charity set up to help working parents and carers find a balance between their responsibilities at work and at home, suggests this is a myth. Their report reflects growing concerns based […]

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