Employment law

Acas: Conflict costs employers almost £30bn a year

Workplace conflict costs UK employers £28.5bn a year, according to a new report from conciliation service Acas.

Employees’ views not sought over return to office

11 May 2021

A Chartered Management Institute survey finds that many managers have not spoken to staff about their working preferences.

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Logistics giant criticised for furlough use while paying CEO bonus

10 May 2021

Unions are disappointed that XPO Logistics has paid its CEO a $3.3m bonus while claiming millions in furlough grants.

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Monzo offers leave for pregnancy loss and fertility treatment

10 May 2021

Online bank Monzo has introduced 10 days' paid leave for those who experience pregnancy loss, and eight days' leave for those undergoing fertility treatment.

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Two arrests in West Yorkshire over suspected £3.4m furlough fraud

7 May 2021

A man and a woman from West Yorkshire have been arrested on suspicion of £3.4m fraud under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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Unions and MPs urge action on ‘fire and rehire’

7 May 2021

A letter signed by unions and 140 MPs and Lords urges the government to use next week's Queen's Speech to announce legislation banning 'fire and rehire' tactics.

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Number of companies claiming furlough fell in February

7 May 2021

Furlough claimants peaked at just over 852,000 in January, but fell back to 840,387 in February.

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Four in five firms expect hybrid working post-lockdown

6 May 2021

Eighty-six per cent of large firms polled expect hybrid working to continue, but giants such as Google envisage a surge in demand for office desks.

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Fall in staff working flexible hours during pandemic

6 May 2021

CIPD analysis of Labour Force Survey data shows a decline in the use of part-time working, flexi-time and annualised hours.

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Are ‘global employees’ the next big thing?

5 May 2021

In theory, technology now allows employees to work from anywhere, but how easy is it to run a global workforce?

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Lecturer’s dismissal for failing to complete PhD ‘unfair’, tribunal rules

5 May 2021

The University of Hudderfield's decision to dismiss a lecturer with mental health worries was "wholly unreasonable", a tribunal has found.

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UK and India sign talent and mobility agreement

5 May 2021

The UK and India have signed a migration agreement that will support people to live and work in both countries.

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Investment banks prepare for office return

5 May 2021

"People don’t like commuting, but so what?" – JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs prepare to bring staff back to the office this summer.

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End of furlough will lead to spike in tribunals

5 May 2021

Employers could see a surge in tribunal claims when the furlough scheme ends in September, according to a study.

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Covid-19 vaccination card. Paul Maguire / Shutterstock

Top 10 HR questions April 2021: Vaccination and data protection

4 May 2021

Questions on Covid-19 vaccination dominate this month's list, alongside IR35, right-to-work checks and the relationship between holiday pay and overtime.

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