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A new report from national charity Family Lives finds that flexible working is still extremely difficult to obtain across a range of workplaces.

The UK’s demand for a flexible workforce remains strong, according to new evidence from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) latest JobsOutlook survey, a monthly poll of employer hiring intentions.

The Government has published a consultation setting out plans for a new employment status called an ‘employee owner’. The move follows the Chancellor’s announcement on 8th October and will provide companies with a new option to increase the flexibility of how they hire people and help their companies grow.

The Law Society has warned that removing certain provisions from the Equality Act will not help employers. The warning comes after the government published a series of amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill this week.

A recent poll by YouGov has found that 63% of British people don't support the Government's proposal for owner-employee schemes.

Increasing amounts of regulation can lock people out of the workforce and so a different approach is needed for small and large firms, say the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Small firms bear a disproportionate amount of the regulatory burden, particularly around ever-changing employment legislation.

The CBI has set out its analysis of the impact of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWRs) a year after they came into force, and its priorities for the upcoming Government review of the regulations.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has warned that lack of investment in management skills means many employers are missing out on the business benefits of flexible working.

The Ministry of Justice has published statistics on Employment Tribunal (ET) and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) activity for the period 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012.

Aviva’s annual Health of the Workplace report has revealed that companies are already starting to see a change in their workforce demographics, prompting fears that ageing workforce health issues will affect their company.

The Government has published proposed employment law changes that aim to simplify and speed up the process of ending the employment relationship when it breaks down, for the benefit of both employers and employees.

With unemployment expected to remain unchanged at 8%, new findings from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) show just how vital small firms are to the recovery, as 88% of unemployed people that find jobs in the private sector either start up or work for an SME.

Despite uncertainty in the job market, the top reasons working Americans say they stay with their current employers are work-life fit and enjoying what they do, according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association (APA). Fewer employees cited concrete reasons for remaining on the job, such as benefits, pay and a lack of other job opportunities.

Women are joining the boards of Europe’s largest companies in greater numbers than ever before, according to Egon Zehnder International, the global executive search firm.

Many single parents are being forced to take on junior jobs that offer more flexible hours and proximity to home, a new report from single parent charity Gingerbread has found. Lack of flexible jobs, and unaffordable and unavailable childcare, are still proving to be the biggest barriers to single parents seeking work that matches their skills.

A new global survey has revealed that a majority of hourly workers around the world believe their employer has violated laws or rules governing overtime in their region.

A post-Olympics survey of over 1,000 managers, published by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), explored the impact on organisations – from working practices to staff morale – during the Games. Almost half (48%) of managers said that the Olympics had resulted in higher morale in the office.

Results of a new study show that retail employees are happier with their compensation, manager and job security than peers in other industries.

As legislation is passed in some US states to prevent employers asking for people’s passwords, a recent UK survey has shown that people in the UK are not willing to give potential employers their Facebook passwords.

Recent research from the CIPD has revealed that a third of firms are maintaining higher than necessary staff levels in order to avoid losing skills, but will make redundancies if economic growth does not return soon.

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