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Should you provide ‘lockdown leave’ for parents with childcare needs?

Swiss insurance firm Zurich has introduced ‘lockdown leave’, constituting two weeks of paid leave for parents facing emergency childcare problems in the face of primary and secondary school closures during the third national lockdown. This is more than an employee’s statutory right to take time off work to deal with emergencies involving the care of…

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Homeworkers and sickness absence

One survey suggests that the average homeworker takes 2.4 days off sick each year. By contrast, other research has found that a ‘typical employee’ takes 6.4 days off sick each year. This survey focused mainly on work-based employees. Great news, right? Not necessarily. The difference may be down to ‘presenteeism’. This is where an employee…

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BBC cleared of equal pay discrimination

An investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has found no unlawful acts of equal pay discrimination by the BBC following high-profile complaints by female presenters. The EHRC’s report, which was published on 12th November 2020, criticised the BBC’s inadequate record-keeping, communication, and complaints system. The EHRC also recommended improvements to rebuild trust…

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