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Working fathers failed by Government policy
Policies designed to help fathers in the workplace need reforming if Government is to meet the needs of 21st century families and tackle the gender pay gap, according to MPs.

Nine in 10 NHS trusts plan to use apprenticeship levy funds
Almost all NHS trusts in England plan to use their apprenticeship levy training fund, but would like more flexibility over how it could be spent.

MPs seek ban on unpaid trial shifts
A group of MPs have called for unpaid trial shifts to be banned in a private members bill that is due its second reading today.

University cleaners to strike against outsourcing
University cleaners, porters and receptionists are expected to walk out next month after a near unanimous vote in favour of industrial action.

Tattoo bias could mean employers missing out on talent
Image bias could be causing employers to miss out on the best candidates, according to research that revealed the majority of recruiters believe having a tattoo could limit career progression.

Employer childcare voucher schemes get six-month reprieve
Plans to scrap employer childcare voucher schemes have been delayed by six months after the Democratic Unionist Party intervened.

Next faces £30m equal pay claim from shop assistants
Fashion retailer Next is facing an equal pay claim from more than 300 shop floor staff, which could total £30m.

Deloitte and EY announce gender pay gap data inclusive of partners
Accountancy and consulting giant Deloitte has reported figures revealing women at the firm earn 43% less than men on average.

Senior Institute of Directors staff resign after discrimination allegations
The head of one of the UK's longest-established business groups has defended the investigation of racism, bullying and sexism allegations against its chair Barbara Judge.

Gender pay gap: Carlsberg pays women more than men
Carlsberg paid women on average 3.3% more than men in 2017, despite there being an under-representation of women in its more senior roles.

NHS staff set for significant pay rise as talks make progress
A new NHS pay deal could give 1 million staff a 6.5% pay rise over the next three years, according to a report in The Guardian, but health workers may have to agree to give up a day's holiday in return.

Wagamama and Marriott Hotels failed to pay national minimum wage
Wagamama, Marriott Hotels and TGI Friday's are among almost 180 employers that have been named by the Government for failing to pay the national minimum wage.

Tribunal claims up 90% since fees abolished
The Ministry of Justice has released its latest round of data on tribunals - the first full quarter since fees were abolished last summer.

Managers 'unwilling' to be seen as apprentices
Most employers feel that middle and senior managers would be unwilling to be seen as an apprentice, meaning that businesses will miss out on funding for leadership training as apprenticeships become a key source of employers' training budget.

Hundreds of BBC staff demand full pay transparency
Hundreds of BBC staff, including stars such as Mariella Frostrup, Victoria Derbyshire and Rev Richard Coles, have written to the corporation demanding "full pay transparency".

Employers failing to develop future leadership society needs
Employers are failing to develop the leadership needed to address challenges such as climate change and wealth inequality, according to research from the University of Cambridge.

Gender pay gap: employers know the clock is ticking
With less than a month to go until the gender pay gap reporting deadline, only one in six of the estimated 9,000 qualifying organisations have reported their figures, indicating that there could be a last minute flurry of employers submitting their pay data.

Brexit and immigration: At last some progress on citizens' rights
The immigration question has loomed over Brexit negotiations for some time now, but a policy paper published by Theresa May's government earlier this week appears to add another piece to the jigsaw. Rachel Harvey warns that, while the latest news has been welcomed as a positive step, UK employers must not sit back and relax.

Funding band for senior leader Master's degree apprenticeship confirmed
Employers that pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to use their training fund to pay for the development of executive skills, after the funding band for the senior leader Master's degree apprenticeship was given the green light.

Government must act following Learndirect's failings, say MPs
The Government must take action to ensure that poorly performing contractors do not become essential to the delivery of public services such as training, a report into the failings of apprenticeships provider Learndirect has recommended.