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Law changes means more home workers

More people could end up working from home after a change in the law. Any employee, who has been with a company for twenty six weeks, can now ask for flexible working not just parents or carers.

Certain companies already offer this to staff but smaller firms say the new regulations could prove difficult to implement.

Tom Savvides has been talking to Esther Fox from St Leonards, Simon Webster from Facts & Figures in Ashford and Jo James from Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

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UK Sport to examine 'issues' raised by Reading intern job

UK Sport, whose government website hosted a Reading FC job advertisement for an unpaid analyst intern position, said it would like to work with intern organisations to ensure best practice is adhered to:

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss the issue this particular vacancy has raised with an organisation such as Interns Aware, to ensure the organisations advertising on our website are adhering to best practice guidelines.

The organisation distanced itself from the job posting and said its hosting of the advertisement did not amount to an endorsement of the role:

UK Sport provides a free service for advertising vacancies to help the sporting community find the best people for various opportunities across the UK.

The majority are salaried positions but in keeping with many other websites we do accept internships and voluntary roles as they can be important to sport, as well as those looking to progress their career in this competitive industry.

It is important to recognise these are not UK Sport roles, nor is UK Sport endorsing the advertised positions.

We gain no benefit, financial or otherwise from providing this free service which is designed to give sports organisations the opportunity to promote roles within their organisation as widely as possible.

– UK Sport spokesperson

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Workers abandon their commutes during the Olympics

More people are working from home Credit: PA

The number of people working from home in London and the South East during the

Olympics has increased by almost a third, according to new research.

A study of 2,000 adults in the region by mobile phone giant O2 also found a 50% increase in those working flexibly over the next few weeks.

The data could explain why parts of central London have been much quieter than expected since the Games started in earnest this week.

Four out of five of those questioned said they would work flexibly at some point during the Olympics, varying their hours to travel later or earlier than usual.

O2 calculated that at some stage over the two-week period about four million people will work from home - or work "al desco."

With the daily commute taking 49 minutes on average in the capital, the change in working arrangements has taken a huge burden off the transport network, the report claimed.

£2m Kent apprenticeship scheme to launch

A £2m scheme to help people aged between 18 and 24 will be launched at the 20/20 Vision business exhibition in Kent later today. The fund means up to ten percent of the county's unemployed youths could find work.

The money should enable businesses and social enterprises in Kent to take on an apprentice for as little as £60 per week, with administration taken care of too. The scheme will be unveiled by County Council leader Paul Carter.

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