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Unintended Consequences of Parental Leave Split: Iceland Supermarket

European countries have been striving to increase paternal involvement in parental leave, but their efforts have resulted in unintended consequences and sparked debates about the most equitable way to divide leave between mothers and fathers. In 2018, when the Norwegian government announced plans to extend fathers’ parental leave by five weeks, it triggered excitement among …

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UAE Federal Government Introduces Flexible Work Week, Prioritizing Work-Life Balance

In a move aimed at promoting work-life balance and improving employee well-being, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) federal government has announced a new policy allowing its workers to apply for a four-day work week. Effective July 1, federal government employees can request this arrangement on a case-by-case basis, depending on their work needs and subject …

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The Four-Day Workweek: A Potential Path to Gender Parity in Iceland and Beyond

In recent years, the concept of a four-day workweek has gained traction as a means to improve work-life balance and boost productivity. Now, the practice is increasingly going mainstream, with companies like Kickstarter and ThredUp implementing compressed working weeks. Some countries, including Japan and Iceland, have also embraced the idea, with Iceland leading the way, …

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Iceland Supermarket Implements Consolidation of Responsibilities for Area Managers, Prompting Concerns Among Workers

Iceland, the popular frozen food retailer, has announced a significant change in its operational structure, as area managers will now be responsible for overseeing both Iceland and The Food Warehouse stores in their assigned region. This development, revealed by Grocery Gazette, marks a shift from the previous arrangement where area managers were divided based on …

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Portugal Launches Government-Funded Trial of Four-Day Workweek, with Support from Private Sector Businesses

Portugal has joined the ranks of countries experimenting with a four-day workweek, and this time, it’s receiving government support. In a new pilot program facilitated by 4 Day Week Global, a nonprofit organization known for conducting influential four-day workweek experiments worldwide, 39 private-sector businesses in Portugal have agreed to participate over the next six months. …

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Job Security Concerns Arise for Shannon Iceland Employees Amidst Nationwide Product Recall

Workers at an Iceland supermarket in Shannon are facing uncertainty regarding their future employment, prompting calls for assurances from authorities. The concerns arise in response to a directive issued by Food Safety Ireland, which has mandated the immediate recall of all imported animal frozen food products from Iceland stores across the country. In the aftermath …

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Cowi Strengthens Market Position in Nordic Region with Acquisition of Mannvit

Cowi, a leading consulting engineering firm, has announced its acquisition of Mannvit, a specialized Icelandic consulting engineering outfit focusing on green energy solutions. This strategic move further solidifies Cowi’s presence in the Nordic region, where investments in the green transition are rapidly accelerating. With this acquisition, Cowi gains access to new capabilities that will fuel …

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Iceland Confirms Closure of Swansea City Centre Store

Iceland, the popular supermarket chain, has announced the upcoming closure of its store located in Swansea city centre. The St David’s Place branch is scheduled to shut its doors on July 29, 2023. The confirmation follows speculations circulating on social media about the store’s potential closure. After receiving numerous inquiries, WalesOnline approached Iceland for clarification, …

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Letterkenny Iceland Employees Encouraged to Raise Concerns Over Working Conditions

Amid reports of growing discontent following the sale of Iceland supermarket chain to a new owner, employees at the Letterkenny branch are being urged to speak out against unfair working conditions. In February, Iceland made the decision to sell all 27 of its directly owned stores in the Republic, stating that the Irish outlets would …

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Iceland Foods Launches World’s First Air Fryer Aisle, Paving the Way for Sustainable and Convenient Cooking

Iceland Foods, a leading supermarket chain, has made a pioneering move by introducing the world’s first dedicated air fryer aisle at The Food Warehouse. This innovative concept holds the potential for nationwide expansion, presenting a forward-thinking approach to cater to evolving consumer demands. In collaboration with Utilita, an energy supplier, Iceland Foods conducted extensive research …

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