Seventy-three per cent of the workforce had negative feelings about returning to the workplace in the UK and US, compared to 54 per cent in Germany and 56 per cent in Italy.Â, Chris Gray, UK director of ManpowerGroup, said: "Many offices across the UK have returned throughout the summer, in slightly less capacity than before, but we're hearing every day that people are keen to get back in some way to the workplace. On Monday (14 September) the TUC said the government should act to prevent a "tsunami" of job losses, and yesterday (15 September) Labour leader Keir Starmer called for the scheme to be replaced. The UK has already ordered 40m doses, enough to vaccinate 20m people. Rail passenger numbers are now back to about one-third of pre-pandemic levels.Â. Unite regional officer Debbie McSweeney said it was "almost without precedent for Arcadia to apologise for such behaviour towards employees". According to a report in The Telegraph, the government has been discussing applying an âemergency brakeâ to the NLW for workers aged 25 and over, which was set to increase by 6.2 per cent as of April 2021, with hourly wages rising from Â£8.72 to Â£9.21 per hour. The newspaper said Aviva was preparing for 10 per cent of City staff to return to the office this month, while JPMorgan was planning for around 30 per cent of its 12,000 London workers to return next week. He added: "We are grateful for the government's swift action at the start of the pandemic which enabled the whole sector to face squarely into the challenges and disruption caused by Covid-19. 5.30pm Working from home could lead to increase in prejudice, warns reportÂ, Widespread remote working could lead to an increase in prejudice as individuals mix less with people with other backgrounds and cultures, a report has warned. They support thousands of local firms, from dry cleaners to sandwich barsâ¦ Some of our busiest city centres resemble ghost towns, missing the usual bustle of passing trade,â she said. 2.15pm How to fill the gap left by peer-to-peer learning. 7.15am Lloyds staff to work from home until next spring, Lloyds Banking Group will ask staff currently working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to continue doing so until at least spring 2021. Dodds said of the 452 payments made incorrectly, 74 have been recouped so far.Â. The bonus scheme will pay firms Â£1,000 for each employee brought back from furlough and employed until January. Working from home for long periods can seriously damage your state of mind, so employers must up their game on wellbeing, says Daniel Stander. 4.30pm New tests to ascertain who doesnât have the virus could see workplaces return to normal, says prime ministerÂ, In a live press conference today, prime minister Boris Johnson suggested that new tests that will ascertain who does not have the virus will be rolled out in âthe near futureâ and could see workplaces return to âhow they were beforeâ. This is set to increase again from 1 September, when employers will also be asked to contribute at least 10 per cent of furloughed employeesâ wages, going up to 20 per cent in October, the last month of the scheme.Â, 1.30pm Baby boomers suffer largest coronavirus earnings drop, study finds, Baby boomers have suffered a larger drop in earnings because of coronavirus pay cuts than younger workers, and are just as likely to have been furloughed, a study has found. As charities brace themselves for an increase in people seeking help over Christmas, Danny Harmer explains the measures the insurance firm has put in place to tackle the problem. Joe Nicholls explores whether the coronavirus pandemic will lead to a long-term revolution in home working, and the implications for employers, 9.35am Face coverings now mandatory in Scottish workplacesÂ, New rules to extend the mandatory wearing of face coverings in Scotland will see them worn in workplace settings such as canteens, corridors and communal facilities. 5.30pm Hospitality sector faces a âcliff edgeâ, industry body warns. Unite said ground crew's workload at Stansted has reduced significantly since March. While parts of the tier system will be tougher, Johnson is expected to announce that the 10pm closing time for pubs and restaurants will be relaxed, alongside gyms and shops reopening. Stone King, a legal firm with education sector expertise, said that heads may be within their rights to ban teachers from travelling overseas in case the country they chose to holiday in was unexpectedly added to the list of banned destinations.Â, Craig Vincent, head of human resources consultancy at Stone King, told The Times that staff holidaying abroad could âpresent complicationsâ if they are then asked to quarantine. The chain, which has 454 locations across the UK at the moment, said the store closures had been part of a deal to reduce rent costs. However, Unite union claimed Heathrow had enough money to avoid the cuts. The poll of 280 business leaders, conducted by Management Today (MT) and Hays, found 55 per cent would now be more likely to consider hiring an employee who was not within commuting distance to the office and so would work completely or predominantly remotely. These tough decisions have been made to protect the future of the charity and have been taken with our beneficiaries in mind. With the job retention scheme expected to cost Â£54.5bn, this equated to around Â£5.45bn. They said: âWe are also devastated for everyone who may lose their job, and we will do all we can in consultations to help them, as we focus on retaining as many people as possible and rebuilding consumer confidence through our renowned friendly and knowledgeable customer service.â, 1.50pm More than half of furloughed employees have returned to work, analysis suggests. Professional services network PwC has recruited a record 108 graduates across its three Scottish offices, the firm has said, with Covid-19 restrictions prompting a rise in virtual recruitment. Overseeing teams that donât meet face to face isnât easy, and requires the ability to engage, enable, empower and trust, says Niall Eyre. Nick Elwell-Sutton explores employersâ options if they want to lower their salary cost base by moving to remuneration based on where workers live. Quilter has proposed that reforming auto-enrolment to allow partial opt-ins would enable an individual to forego their personal contribution and any associated tax relief, but continue to benefit from the minimum 3 per cent employer contribution.This would apply to people on a salary up to Â£17,500, which is broadly equivalent to 60 per cent of 2019 financial year end median earnings. "But this situation should have never been allowed to happen in the first place by Sir Philip Green, one of the country's richest men," she said. The skills gap is costing companies a record Â£6.6bn a year on inflated salaries, temporary staffing, recruitment fees and training, with this financial burden tripling since 2017, according to research. This represents a 53 per cent rise in reported cases in just three weeks. 11am The transformative nature of furlough. Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said the redundancies were necessary because the recent government spending review had failed to âfully close the gap caused by pressures associated with Covid-19â, calling the shortfall a âfailure of central governmentâ. In relation to whether or not BA will have to make 13,000 staff redundant, Cruz said that the company didn't "need to get to that number". Children's play centres will also be able to reopen next week, but areas that are not easy to clean â like ball pits â must remain closed to the public.Â, The government said businesses will be legally required to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus on their premises, and councils will be given extra powers to enforce these requirements.Â, Foreign exchange firm Travelex announced it will cut more than 1,300 jobs in the UK as it entered into an administration deal. The retailer, which is in administration, said last week it would axe 2,500 more jobs on top of the 4,000 job cuts announced in May. However, it said a further 12 roles would be created in the coming months.Â. In August, the number of jobseekers looking for work outside London was up by 27 per cent year-on-year, and up by 30 per cent compared with the start of the year.Â, Jack Kennedy, economist for Indeed UK, said the prolonged absence of commuters and tourists from central London was âweighing downâ the pace of job creation in the capital. BA proposed to make 12,000 staff redundant, with 1,255 pilot jobs at risk. The charity, which employs more than 1,600 people, said in June it would need to make up to 300 people redundant. Red Funnel, which currently employs 508 people, said 50 posts were at risk of being made redundant. Most firms prioritised immediate responses at the start of the pandemic, but building resilient businesses requires a long-term approach to leading virtually, says Jig Ramji. As of Saturday, London, Essex, York and several other areas will be moved to the tier two âhighâ alert level under the governmentâs new local lockdown system, meaning bars and restaurants will be allowed to stay open but groups from different households or bubbles will be prohibited from meeting in any inside venues. "I don't think we should be locking the economy down in a state that it pre-existed in." 5.30pm PwC and Schroders will allow staff to work from home after lockdown. Turkey product producer Bernard Matthews has been affected as a small number of workers at its site in Great Witchingham, Norfolk, tested positive. Just under one in eight UK workers are still on furlough. Danone currently employs around 100,000 staff globally. 5pm Linklaters staff will work remotely up to half the time after Covid, Law firm Linklaters has rolled out a new global agile working policy that will allow employees to work remotely up to 50 per cent of the time, even after the coronavirus pandemic has abated. Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the beginning of HS2 construction marks a âmajor milestone in this government's ambitions to build back better from Covid-19". Speaking to the TUC's annual conference today, Starmer will make the case for replacing the job retention scheme and to outlaw "firing and rehiring" methods to avoid the "scarring effect" of "mass unemployment". Booths said it had so far used the extra funding to support employees self-isolating because of coronavirus. So far Capita has not renewed leases at 25 offices, the BBC reported. Speaking to the treasury select committee, Kate Nicholls said the sector had been expecting job losses of some 560,000 by the end of 2020. The spike was driven by the largest quarterly number of redundancies on record. As an employer this is not an unreasonable request to make and there is no legal reason that they cannot,â said Vincent.Â, âSchools are also asking us whether they can treat post-holiday quarantine periods as unpaid leave. The Stratford-based company said it has begun a formal consultation with its permanent workforce, trade unions and staff representatives, and that it hoped to keep the number of compulsory job losses to under 90. However, the survey of more than 550 UK companies, revealed wide variations between different sectors, reflecting the ways in which some parts of the economy have fared better than others during the pandemic. 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