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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 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.

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 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.

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.

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

The European Commission has agreed to extend the negotiating period on reviewing the Working Time Directive to 31st December 2012, given that negotiations are making progress.

Recent research has found that employers are failing to provide employees with guidance on company policy for dealing with stressful HR issues at work, risking both costly periods of employee absence, and in extreme cases, potential legal action.

A recent survey has found that when it comes to the question of what is acceptable behaviour in the workplace, office workers often set themselves higher standards than their employer actually expects.

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