Richard Branson is renowned for offering his employees more flexibility, including the ability to dress down, work from home and take unpaid leave if they wish. However, Virgin Group recently hit the headlines for holding a corporate day where all employees were asked to behave in the way many traditional firms require. This included formal business wear, using titles when addressing their colleagues and refraining from making personal calls during working hours.

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Getting to grips with shared parental leave

In a hope to banish the outdated stereotype that women are more likely to take time off than men when a new baby joins the family, the UK government has recently changed the way parental leave works. Parents are now able to share the 52 weeks leave after having a baby or adopting. While new parents have praised the new system, trying to decipher what their employees are entitled to is causing UK employers a bit of a headache.

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On 23rd June we’ll have a big decision to make. Do we want to remain part of the EU, or will we vote to go it alone? There are so many conflicting arguments for and against remaining in the EU that it’s hard to get a grip on the facts, and this is particularly true when considering the impact the decision in June will have on recruitment in the UK.

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