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Employers and Work-life Balance – News Archive July 2005

26 July 2005

Court victory for ‘overworked’ pub landlord
Trades Union Congress . 10 July 2005
A pub landlord who collapsed due to overwork and successfully sued his former employer for failing to cut down on his hours has won a ‘landmark’ appeal court victory.

Research finds workers want to work fewer hours
Institute for Social & Economic Research . 5 July 2005
Research by the Institute for Social & Economic Research has found 40 per cent of employees would prefer to work different hours. Of these, the majority would prefer to reduce their hours. They found women who would like to reduce their working hours are more likely than other employed women to leave work.

Model approach for NHS work-life balance
Trade Union Congress. 4 July 2005
A landmark project, Changing Times in Health, is encouraging NHS staff to strike a healthy balance between their work and home lives. The South West London Strategic Health Authority initiative deals head on with the twin aims of allowing staff to fit their working hours around the needs of their children or dependants while continuing to deliver a good service for patients and users.

18 July 2005

10 things to do in your lunch hour
The Gardian. 18 July 2005
According to the latest Eurest Lunchtime Report, only one in five British workers manages to take a proper lunch break.

A million mothers may face job victimisation
The Guardian. 30 June 2005
One million women workers in Britain could find themselves sacked, bullied or demoted over the next five years just for becoming pregnant, according to a report by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).

Older women facing double whammy of low employment levels and inadequate pensions (Press release)
EOC. 12 July 2005
Older women are facing a double whammy of low employment levels and a pensions system that does not take into account the caring responsibilities undertaken by millions of women throughout their lives, according to new research by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).

8 July 2005

Welsh police sergeant awarded Britain’s best boss 2005
Working Families. 23 June 2005
North Wales Police Sergeant Iwan Owen has beaten off stiff competition from across the UK to win the Lloyds TSB and Working Families ‘ Britain ’s Best Boss’ competition.

Flexible working doubled in past six years
Personnel Today. 05 July 2005
The number of workplaces offering staff the opportunity to work flexibly has almost doubled in the last six years, according to a major new survey from arbitration service Acas and the DTI.

Flexible parents or flexible workers?
Personnel Today. 05 July 2005
The flexible working debate looks set to heat up as the government conducts a consultation on whether and how to extend the right to request… … flexible working from its current catchment group – parents with children under the age of six or disabled children under the age of 18 – to a wider group of workers

New study on absenteeism finds flexibility can reduce absence levels.
Working families. 20 April 2005
A new report from Working Families, commissioned by Employee Advisory Resource Ltd, has found a decline in UK sickness absence over the last year

1 July 2005

Communications giant acts unlawfully in denying employee flexible working
EOC. 21 June 2005
A call centre worker, whose employer refused to grant her suitable flexible working arrangements to allow her to care for her baby, has won her case at an Employment Tribunal – supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).

EOC and MOD sign agreement to address sexual harassment in the armed forces
EOC. 24 June 2005
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and the Secretary of State for Defence today, Thursday 23 rd June, signed an Agreement to address the issue of sexual harassment in the Armed Forces.

I fought the law and the law won
Personnel Today. 28 June 2005
Opinion is divided over whether the volume of employment law HR now has to deal with on a monthly basis is a good thing: it gives HR departments plenty of leverage with line managers but it is an ever-growing burden on the profession.

UK agency temps the least protected in Europe
TUC. 23 June 2005
Agency workers in Poland and Slovenia have more rights than UK temps according to a TUC report, which shows that UK agency workers are the least protected in Europe

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