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Queen’s Speech outlines plans on childcare and a freeze on working-age benefits

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A doubling of free childcare for three and four year olds, a freeze on working-age benefits and a tightening of the benefits cap were two of the main planks of the Queen’s Speech given today. The Conservatives plan legislation to double the number of free hours of childcare parents of three and four year olds […]


Macho atmosphere puts women off male-dominated industries, says survey

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A macho atmosphere is the factor most likely to put a woman off a career in a male-dominated industry, according to new research. According to a survey of over 1,000 women, pay levels, wording on job adverts and being asked to carry out boring work were found to be less off-putting in attracting women to […]


Exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts banned

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From today employers will no longer be able to use zero hour contracts to stop staff work for another employer. Exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts have been banned under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which comes into effect today. Nick Boles, a minister in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, said […]


Almost half of employees do extra work at the weekend

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Up to 9.7 million employees who are only contracted to work Monday to Friday have had their weekends disturbed by work issues in the past 12 months, according to new research. The survey by MetLife Employee Benefits shows around half (47%) of employees who work Monday to Friday have had to put in extra hours […]


Let’s hear it for Loic Nottet

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I went to the library on Saturday. I had a list of requests. Daughter three was heading off to her gran’s and had left her reading books at school, including the homework book. She is also down to meet the author Cathy Cassidy in the next few weeks as part of a school trip and […]


Flexible working quiz for employees

Know your rights! If you would like to know more about your rights around flexible working take our quick quiz today. Results will not be promoted externally and no personal data is required. Useful articles Flexible working: a guide Holiday rights for part-timers: The Workingmums guide Changing shift patterns – the new legislation Acas published […]


Low income working parents cutting back on food

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Parents are having to cut back on food or heating their homes as a result of Government decisions not to increase children’s benefits in line with the cost of living, according to research by the End Child Poverty coalition. The Short Changed: the true cost of cuts to children’s benefits report found that failure to […]


Techno challenge

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It’s been one week since we got the laptop back and a message keeps pinging up with some American woman in a suit telling me we may have a virus and that we need to call a toll free number in the US. The page with the number on takes over the whole screen and […]


Long-haul granny

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DHL be afraid, be very afraid – there must be loads of grans and grandads out there globetrotting about who, like me, have become a kind of alternative international courier service when they travel to visit their children and grandchildren who live overseas. Why is this, you might ask? Is it because our offspring are […]


First returnship in real estate opens for applications

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The first UK returnship programme for people working in the real estate industry has been launched today. Cushman & Wakefield, the global real estate adviser, announced the new initiative, which is designed to re-engage talented professionals and help facilitate their transition back to work. Up to five participants recruited on to the annual Cushman & […]


Where’s the tv remote?

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One of the key skills of a mum is finding things. I’m not sure how this skill is developed, but it is one of my few successes as a parent. Invariably I can find things, even teeny tiny things like the legs of Loki from the Kinder Surprise egg, that no-one else in the house […]


Profile of CEOs at top companies little changed

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The average profile of a FTSE 100 chief executive officer is still a 54-year-old man with a background in finance and increasingly they have had experience in a single industry rather than multiple ones, according to new research. The 2015 annual Robert Half FTSE 100 CEO Tracker shows that the average tenure of Britain’s top […]


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