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The spiralling cost of alcohol, drugs and tobacco abuse

Economic impact of alcohol misuse estimated to be up to 2.7 per cent of GDP a year. Smoking costs employers £5.3bn through increased sickness absence and smoking breaks. An estimated 1.5 million people in the ...

Contributor Unknown | Published: May 27, 2018

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Concerns surround "off payroll" working following consultation

Following the publication of an HMRC/HMT consultation on off-payroll working in the private sector, the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has reaffirmed its concerns around extending the public sector off-payroll rules. The trade body has ...

Contributor Unknown | Published: May 27, 2018

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Employer confidence in UK economy finally turns positive

The proportion of employers who believe economic conditions in the UK are getting better outnumber those who think they are getting worse for the first time since August last year. Contributor Tom Hadley, director of ...

Contributor Tom Hadley | Published: May 26, 2018

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Homebase sold for £1

Wesfarmers selling Homebase for £1: "This is one of the great all time disasters in the M&A world and it is against some very stiff competition. Both the strategy and the execution were disasters." Says ...

Contributor John Colley | Published: May 26, 2018

Right to request flexible working becomes law

Changes that will extend the right to request flexible working have finally been put in place after the Children and Families Act was given its long-awaited Royal Assent in Parliament in March. These changes are ...

Contributor Viola Lloyd | Published: April 14, 2014

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Expat assignments increase loyalty

A recent survey of corporate clients by Allianz Care shows the majority (70 percent) of companies believe that offering expat assignments increases staff loyalty to the employer. Contributor Claire Cusack, Director of Human Resources for ...

Contributor Claire Cusack | Published: May 22, 2018

Ironically, a third of benefits consultants are not offered benefits

Thirty-five percent of EBCs are not offered benefits package by employers, but more than half always advise their individual clients to take employee benefits on offer. More than a third of employee benefit consultants are not ...

Contributor Viola Lloyd | Published: September 16, 2013

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Bad hire evident almost immediately

Almost two in five businesses (39 percent) take just two weeks to discover that they have hired the wrong person, according to independent research. Contributor Matt Weston, UK Managing Director - Robert Half. According to the ...

Contributor Matt Weston | Published: May 25, 2018

Are employers liable if an employee assaults someone?

The short answer to the question of whether a business is legally responsible for an employee’s violent criminal act is usually “no”. There are, however, important exceptions and the law has recently changed. Most employers are ...

Contributor Viola Lloyd | Published: October 17, 2016

Non-transferable skills

Non-transferable skills Over half (56 percent) of workers in the public sector who would consider moving into the private sector, think they lack the appropriate skills to do so, according to research by recruitment consultants Badenoch ...

Contributor Viola Lloyd | Published: October 26, 2010