Employers struggle to meet new human resources practices

Voluntary sector employers with scant resources are struggling to implement new employment legislation, but are still supportive of measures such as giving parents the right to ask for more flexible working hours, says a new report.

More than just a 'wing and a prayer' was written by two researchers from the University of Strathclyde in partnership with NCVO and funded by the Community Fund.

The report looked at the human resources capacity of small- and medium-sized organisations. It showed that many organisations support the legislation despite having insufficient core funding to cover human resources practices.

"For many organisations, the new legislation fits in with their core values - they want to be seen as good, family-friendly employers," said Ian Cunningham, one of the report's authors. "Many feel that it is good for recruitment."

A summary of the findings is available from NCVO.

See NCVO story, p4.

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