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Flexible working is finally happening

Remote working has increased by more than a third (37%) in the last three years 60% of HR directors believe giving employees greater autonomy over working practices, such as offering flexi-time, results in an increase in productivity Employers in London are dramatically increasing opportunities for remote working, with 50% of firms expanding these opportunities in the last three years.

Article by: | Published: 16 April 2015

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Changes to flexible working – what to expect

Earlier this year the government opened up requests for flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks’ continuous employment. Whereas previously the entitlement was confined to those with dependants, any employee can now make the request for any reason. Jacqueline Kendal in the Employment Group at Rosling King, takes a look at what’s happened in the last four months.

Article by: | Published: 7 November 2014

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Home working risk assessment

Home working has been steadily increasing over the past decade, with the number of people working from home now reaching four million, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Article by: | Published: 13 October 2014

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Guide to new pre-natal legislation

From 1 October 2014, expectant fathers, or the partner of a pregnant woman, will be entitled to take unpaid time off work to accompany their partner to up to two antenatal appointments. The new legislation is designed to achieve the Government’s aim of encouraging greater involvement from both parents from the earliest stages of pregnancy. Article from law firm Simons, Muirhead & Burton

Article by: | Published: 23 September 2014

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Tips for trusting employees to work remotely

According to the Office for National Statistics, 13.9% of the workforce work from home, the highest level since records began, however many UK bosses still don't trust their staff to work remotely. By Dr Lynda Shaw

Article by: | Published: 17 September 2014

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Top Tips for managing the remote workforce

As of last month every employee now has the right to request flexible working, This new Government legislation has made it clear - if it wasn’t already - that the way we work is changing. By Hayley Conick, Country Manager for Elance-oDesk.

Article by: | Published: 29 July 2014

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Flexible working from niche to mainstream

For too long, flexible working has been spoken of as something niche - required by the few – mainly women, needing to fit work with family - with requests granted in order to retain their talent. As an employee benefit and a retention tool, at best. By Karen Mattison MBE, the co-founder of Timewise.

Article by: | Published: 8 July 2014

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The people-less office?

How will offices of the future differ to the traditional workplace, the blueprint of which was designed generations ago and is still widely prevalent? Asks Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the British Council of Offices (BCO).

Article by: | Published: 9 May 2014

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When flexibility snaps

With flexible working arrangements becoming a part of everyday life in most businesses, Verity Sayers, Associate at Nabarro LLP, explores whether employers run the risk of creating a divided workforce and suggests steps to take to minimise legal risks.

Article by: | Published: 20 April 2014

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Family values

Findings from the 2013 Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Awards provide

Article by: | Published: 13 February 2014