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Recently published figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that the average number of days lost to sickness absence has fallen by almost 40% since 1993.

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Britain’s biggest companies are biased when appointing women to their boards, according to a new report.

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A police officer has been awarded £440,000 by an employment tribunal after successfully claiming constructive dismissal from Gwent police, reports the Guardian.

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Acas has published new guidance to help employers and HR professionals dealing with TUPE transfers understand the legal changes that came into effect on 31st January 2014.

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission is to look at the under-representation of women on boards later this year.

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Business Secretary Vince Cable has submitted the Government’s final analysis on employment and the economy for the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC). The LPC will consider this as part of wider evidence when making its recommendations on National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for this year.

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Too many able and well-qualified women will continue to be under-promoted and underpaid unless more men are prepared to work part-time and accept sideways career moves, according to a leading expert on workforce development.

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Workplace stigma remains a significant worry for people with mental health problems, new research has shown.

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European Commission plans aimed at curbing the impact of company restructuring on workers are not sufficient, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has said.

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The gender pay gap, or the average difference between women and men’s hourly earnings across the EU, is currently 16.2%, according to the latest figures released today by the European Commission. The figure has remained unchanged for the last year.

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The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has welcomed the renewed commitment from government to proceed with their plans for shared parental leave.

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More than 2,400 workers in the care sector were underpaid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in the last two years across the United Kingdom.

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The UK ranks last in Europe when it comes to giving new parents well-paid leave following the birth of their child, according to a recent TUC analysis.

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Measures to help EU citizens who want to work in another member state by clarifying their right to freedom of movement, providing suitable means of redress at national level if they suffer discrimination, and setting up contact and information points in the member states have been adopted by employment MEPs.

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission has announced that it will be conducting research into the prevalence of pregnancy and maternity discrimination in Britain’s workplaces.

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Recent research by recruitment firm Astbury Marsden has found the number of women taking up top-level management positions in the City has doubled over the past twelve months.

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Allowing workers to sit on company boards would not only mean top executives’ pay was set at more reasonable levels, but would also encourage the long-term success of individual firms, as both employees and directors worked together in the best interests of company performance, according to two reports published by the TUC.

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Employees who are able to work from home are more productive than their office-bound colleagues because they are less distracted, grateful for the flexibility and the time they save on commuting is ploughed back into work.

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Employers need to do more to help their stressed workers, according to new research from mental health charity, Mind.

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New research published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has shown that promotion possibilities for low paid workers are generally limited, and that ethnic minorities especially face multiple problems in getting promoted.

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