Caitlin Powell

Junior staff writer

Caitlin Powell is a junior staff writer at People Management

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Business leaders split over future of hybrid, CIPD poll finds

While most employers now allow a mix of home and office working, two in five decision makers believe they will return to old ways of working

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Recruitment body calls on government not to lift ban on use of agency staff during strikes

Experts share surprise at proposed change and highlight that sourcing temporary workers could hinder rather than help employers

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More than 6.5 million Brits plan to quit their jobs this year, CIPD says

Experts say firms need to take a ‘holistic approach’ to creating better roles and not focus exclusively on pay and benefits

Paul Johnson speaking at the CIPD's Festival of Work

Improving business productivity key to being better off as a nation, says top economist

Institute for Fiscal Studies boss kicks off the first day of the CIPD’s Festival of Work with insight into inequality, pay progression and dispersal of wages

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Cleaner unfairly dismissed after making protected disclosures about working conditions, tribunal rules

Employee was also subject to detriment after his manager called his union ‘worthless’

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Half of employees feel pressured to respond to work out of hours, research finds

Experts say businesses need to urgently address the ‘always on’ culture and set boundaries to ensure a healthy work-life balance

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How should HR handle employees stranded abroad?

With airline staff shortages causing delays for thousands of people trying to return home from overseas, People Management answers the key questions facing employers

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Majority of line managers not receiving LGBT inclusivity training, research finds

Experts warn action is more crucial than ever as hybrid working risks face-to-face support ‘falling by the wayside’

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Experts welcome 'high potential' visa route for international graduates

But firms are advised there may be challenges to employers hoping to make longer-term hires using the scheme

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Government promises to make apprenticeships ‘simple and user friendly’

Experts praise improvements but renew call for the apprenticeship levy to be broadened into a wider skills levy

Jane Storm from Saga

Saga came through multiple crises to become fit for the 21st century

With a profit warning and rock-bottom engagement scores before the pandemic hit, the over-50s’ services firm managed to turn things around in under two years

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HR assistant was unfairly refused pay rise because of impending maternity leave, tribunal rules

Judge finds evidence of ‘overt discrimination’ and says claimant’s pregnancy was ‘tainted with mixed feelings’ as a result

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Monkeypox: what should employers be doing?

While the disease is ‘not another Covid’, experts say, there are still considerations for businesses around sick pay and self-isolation if an employee contracts it

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Quarter of workers are now hybrid, official figures show

Experts urge employers to think carefully about how they adapt working patterns and support employees wherever they work

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Prime minister launches new review into the future of work

But with organisations still disappointed by the omission of an Employment Bill from the Queen’s Speech, People Management asks if another review is what’s needed

Prime minister Boris Johnson speaking

Is the prime minister right about the importance of office culture?

As Boris Johnson renews his claims people are more productive in the workplace, People Management looks at whether it’s time to start calling staff back

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MPs criticise government for refusing to introduce mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting

Experts advise that firms should take a wider approach to workplace inclusion because reporting without action will have ‘no meaningful impact’

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Long Covid may not always count as a disability, equalities watchdog warns

Employers should still consider reasonable adjustments on a case-by-base basis to avoid ‘inadvertent discrimination’, experts say

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Omission of employment bill from Queen’s Speech a ‘missed opportunity’

For second year in a row, there was no mention of plans that would promote fairness in the workplace, but experts say there are still proposals businesses need to consider

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Employee was fairly dismissed after refusing to attend work because of coronavirus concerns, EAT rules

Experts say outcome shows tribunals will be ‘pragmatic’ as judge decides employer had introduced sufficient measures to avoid Covid-related risks