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8 October 2021
Ireland: 4-day working week to be tested by companies
Starting in February 2022, Irish employers will introduce a four-day working week on a trial basis for a period of six months. The pilot programme was devised by the lobby group Four Day Week Ireland.* The group announced on 06 October that 17 companies had already decided to take part in the pilot. The...
4 October 2021
Ireland: four leading employers form alliance to promote remote working
Unveiled on 27 September, the Remote Alliance is aiming to develop a new model for the way people work in Ireland. The four companies that make up the alliance – telecommunications giant Vodafone, electricity company ESB as well as eBay and Liberty Insurance – have committed to making remote working a long-term fixture across their respective businesses. They are also hoping to encourage other Irish businesses to follow suit.
1 October 2021
France: why Saur has scrapped probation periods for new hires
Saur, the French company specialising in water and waste treatment, was handed an annual prize for human resources innovation on 23 September, after it abolished probation periods for new hires. The measure comes at a time of notable growth at the company, which has significant needs on the recruitment front. Six months on from the move, Saur is positive on the almost 700 hires it has made, to take its workforce in France to over 12,000, and says that the number of departures during what would have ordinarily been...
1 October 2021
Mexico: platform launched to boost female representation in company leadership roles
The Research Centre for Women in Senior Management (Centro de Investigación de la Mujer en la Alta Dirección – CIMAD) has launched a platform that aims to increase the number of women in management positions as well as on company boards. Launched in partnership with several universities and three Mexican companies, the initiative is named the “network of female directors and experts in Mexico”. It comes at a time when Mexico ranks second-last among OECD countries for the number of women on boards of...
30 September 2021
Ireland: four major employers set up a remote working alliance
Unveiled on 27 September, Grow Remote’s initiative Remote Alliance, comprising telecoms company Vodafone, online marketplace eBay, electricity group ESB, and insurer Liberty Insurance, aims to develop a new working model in Ireland. All four companies are committed to embedding long-term remote working within their organizations. Their second ambition is to convince other Irish employers to voluntarily move towards this HR practice, which has been receiving a boost due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
27 September 2021
Spain: leading banks adopt hybrid working at scale amid pandemic
Spain’s largest banking groups have organised a gradual return to the office for staff working in core services but are maintaining remote work to a significant extent. Asked by Planet Labor about their approach, the five largest lenders in the country say the new working arrangements – under which staff can work remotely as much as 50% of the time in some cases – are only temporary and will be adjusted depending on how the pandemic evolves and the health-related measures that are in place. Nonetheless,...
16 September 2021
Great Britain: Morrisons supermarkets cutting sick pay for unvaccinated employees who need to self-isolate
‘From 1 October, following UK government confirmation that all adults have had the opportunity to get double vaccinated, we will no longer be paying full sick pay for pinged colleagues who have chosen not to be vaccinated,’ the Morrisons supermarket chain announced. This lowering of sick pay will only affect employees who are not fully vaccinated and have to quarantine. Employees suffering Covid-19 symptoms and those who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated and need to isolate will still be able...
Covid-19 Vaccination
15 September 2021
Spain: BBVA backing hybrid and flex office working
Since 01 September, Spanish bank BBVA has been organizing the gradual return of its employees to its central services premises, via a mix of physical in-office and remote working. Employees are required to spend 60% of their monthly working time physically in the office and 40% of their time working remotely. Formerly fixed workstation allocations have been replaced by a dynamic spatial use approach thanks to the implementation of a shared office reservation tool. This new way of working is currently  a temporary...
13 September 2021
India: Tata Steel recruits members of the transgender community for its mining sector activity
Indian steel giant Tata Steel recently posted job vacancies for heavy earth moving machine operators in the eastern mining state of Jharkhand that were only open to transgender applicants. This positive discrimination initiative is part of a broader trend. In India, large corporations are beginning to implement more inclusive policies for people from the LGBT community.
13 September 2021
Spain: Desigual plans to adopt four-day working week with a corresponding reduction in salary
Spain’s fashion brand Desigual is offering staff a reduction working hours by one day in exchange for a 6.5% cut in salary. The working hours offer applies to the 502 employees of the head office (from a total of 2,700 people) while excluding in-store, commercial, and logistics services sales staff. The employees concerned will vote on the new move on 07 October, and if at least 66% vote in favour then the new work organization will be implemented. In the period running up to the vote, employees have an...
Four-day working week
10 September 2021
Europe : the growth of bonuses exacerbates wage inequalities
Bonuses are becoming more and more widespread in Europe and augmenting already existing inequalities. This is what a study carried out by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) has highlighted. Although significant disparities exist between EU countries, variable compensation elements have risen, on average, from one-fifth in 2000 to more than one-third today and “tend to be more important than the differences in basic salaries,” notes Wouter Zwysen, a researcher at the ETUI and author of the work....