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Recession means employers are getting tougher on poor timekeeping

Personnel Today published a report showing that the recession is causing companies to be tougher with their employees.  The survey shows that one in six employers are now prepared to dismiss an employee for being late on just two or three occasions.  The survey conducted on behalf of online jobs site CareerBuilder.co.uk, also found that 12% […]

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Flexible working is the most valued benefit for UK employees

  Flexible working is the most valued benefit for UK employees, and comes ahead of material perks such as bonuses, research revealed today. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) survey of 1,167 workers, found that 47% rated flexible working arrangements as the most important benefit above performance-related bonuses, which came second at 19%. Flexible working was given […]

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Flexible working – the World Cup

Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) is advising employers to be ready for the World Cup. Some employees will be expecting their employers to be flexible about working hours so that they can watch matches. Employers may also be worrying about their employees being less productive, hung over or sick following over enthusiastic celebrations. […]

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Debt advice for employees should be provided by employers

Personnel Today has published research from the debt charity, Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS).  After a sharp increase in calls to its helpline, they are now urging employers to help employees with money problems.  The CCS revealed that it has seen calls from people for help with their debts increase by 34% to 93,000 for […]

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Long hours at work increases risk of heart attacks

Personnel Today has published a report from The European Heart Journal which shows that people who frequently work between 10 to 12 hour days increase their risk of a heart attack by two-thirds. Their research also found a link with those working 3 to 4 hours overtime per day have a 60% higher risk of […]

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Salary sacrifice and voucher schemes: ECJ ruling means employers may be forced to pay millions in unpaid VAT

Employers that offer retail vouchers as part of salary sacrifice schemes could be forced to fork out up to £500m in unpaid VAT, a law firm has cautioned. The warning follows an opinion issued by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice earlier this week on a significant case involving pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca […]

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National minimum wage rise welcomed by TUC

The government decision to increase the national minimum wage by 2.2% (from £5.80 to £5.93) in October this year, has been welcomed by the TUC. Brendan Barber, general secretary at the TUC, said that the move went some way to save low-paid workers from being left behind by the “super-rich” bankers who are constantly under the […]

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Dishonest CVs on the increase

The CIPD have discovered that 33% of British workers admit to lying on their CV, and 20% gets a parent or friend to pose as a referee; at Simple Hr we are sure that this is the tip of the iceberg. This can have a significant financial impact on your business, and the NHS have […]

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CEO survey shows people management changes will follow recession

Helen Gilbert of Personneltoday reported that Employers are planning on overhauling the way their organisations manage people post-recession, which could spell significant changes to HR models over the next decade, according to new research. A study of about 70 UK CEOs found that 85% are planning to alter the way their organisations manage people as […]

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Workers get right to ask to train

As from today, 6 April, employers with 250 staff or more will be obliged to give serious consideration to requests from employees who wish to take time off to train. The right to request time off for training will include all employees as from 6 April 2011. Employees can ask for time to pursue training […]

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