Do grandparents have any right to paid or unpaid leave to spend time with their grandchildren? In the last budget Chancellor George Osborne announced the first consultation on the extension of shared parental leave to grandparents - so what does this mean? To go through it, Georgie is joined by our regular guest Beverley Sunderland, Director of Crossland Employment Solicitors.
Sara Benwell, digital editor for Pensions Insight and Engaged Investor magazines, joins Georgie Frost in the studio to discuss the biggest finance stories of the last 24 hours. On the agenda today, Volkswagen pre-tax profits have fallen, a government inquiry will look into occupational pension schemes, EasyJet to introduce a cut-off point and much more. Consuming Issues goes out with Georgie Frost every day from 9 to 12 on Share Radio.
Last week it emerged that Tata Steel was considering keeping its UK steelmaking arm, after putting the loss-making business up for sale in March. The development has raised further hopes that the Port Talbot plant can be saved and David Blackaby, Professor of Economics at Swansea University, looked at why a U-turn is being considered.
Marie-Hélène Ferguson, Principal at the London School of Etiquette, talked etiquette for the business traveller. New research has revealed just how confident we are at meeting new people and our biggest faux pas when abroad. So what mistakes do we make, what are our biggest fears and is etiquette important today both at home and abroad?
Today the founders of Money Fight Club -Lindsay Cook and Anne Caborn- enter the ring to talk about supermarkets and retail sales tactics. This comes after Asda has been ordered by the advertising watchdog to ensure future sales promotions don’t mislead us about how much we are saving. This was after they had given a written a commitment to alter its promotions, just days ago. It’s not just supermarkets though, with all retailers looking for the best way to get consumers money.
Questions of Faith with Rita Lobo and Marc Shoffman May 29 2016
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Questions Of Faith
From house prices to Help to Buy, the property market is a key economic, political and social issue. But is it a religious one as well? Rita spoke to Alastair Murray, director of projects for Housing Justice, June Morton, chief executive of Jewish social housing group JLiving,
Johnny Mercer MP on his campaign for a nationally coordinated support network that will ensure wounded ex-service personnel are helped into jobs. While defending the Prime Minister’s commitment to the services, he says more must be done at government level to protect the military covenant.
Since the advent of the smartphone, we are increasingly subject to the tyranny of time, cramming more activity into every second of the day – checking email, checking Facebook, sending texts – that we rarely give ourselves the chance to stop and focus on one thing. Tony Crabbe, business psychologist and author of ‘Busy’ says we are damaging our productivity and ourselves.
A new disruptive technology is shaking up the temporary employment market. Called Catapult, it is an online app/platform that connects people who want temp jobs with employers who need help. Unlike the clunky temp agency system, employers can fill shifts within one hour inside the M25. The record is 24 minutes. Workers set their own pay (no lower than NLW) and Catapult collects holiday pay and NI on their behalf. Nick talks to co-founder Oli Johnson.
In our monthly look-back at the stories we’ve covered, IDG consultant Jake Meyer looks at time efficiency, productivity, the changing face of capitalism and work for the wounded ex-service personnel.
Johnny Mercer, Tony Crabbe, Oli Johnson, Jake Meyer
The scandal hit Co-op has come back from the brink of disaster and is now rebranding itself for a brighter future – by reviving the old blue Co-op logo and focusing increasingly on serving its membership with dividends and lower prices. Nick talks to Campaign’s Simon Gwynn.
The Radiocentre, which beats the drum on behalf of the commercial radio industry, has launched a bold and imaginative ad campaign that directs specially-composed songs at senior marketers in companies like Unilever and John Lewis. Nick talks to client director at the Radiocentre, Lucy Barrett and to Andy Nairn of the Lucky Generals agency that created the campaign. Andy also talks about the agency’s strategy for success, which includes a contribution from Hollywood legend Jeff Bridges.