HR news round-up – Thursday 31 August 2017

By August 31, 2017News

Hello! Here’s today’s quick round-up of what’s going on in the world of human resources and employment law.

Almost one in four employees too scared to approach their boss – CV-Library

Brand new research has shown that almost one in four (22.5%) of employees are too scared to approach their boss with some of the most important workplace questions. The figure rises to nearly a third (31.3%) amongst people aged 18 to 36.

The study, conducted by CV-Library, also reveals the top five questions that employees fear bringing up with their manager.

National Living Wage has created ‘unsustainable’ cost rises, says report – HR Review

The British Chambers of Commerce has released its annual workforce survey, with businesses saying that the apprenticeship levy, pensions auto-enrolment and a new higher minimum wage have increased business costs.

The changes to employment legislation were designed to help improve wages and prospects for workers, but the BCC is concerned that high employment costs will have a negative impact on employees instead.

Older workers taking more work experience opportunities – HR Magazine

Older workers are the fastest-growing age group taking up the government’s work experience opportunities, according to data from the Department for Work and Pensions.

The report found that more over-50s have benefited from work experience since January 2016 than over the preceding five years combined.

Patrick Thomson, senior programme manager at the Centre for Ageing Better, said: “Many older workers leave the labour market before they are ready, often because of issues like redundancy, ill health, or the pressures of caring responsibilities.

“Given that we know older workers have more difficulty than any other group in returning to work, it is no surprise that an increasing number of people are taking up work experience and other opportunities to broaden their skills in later life.”

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