Informed opinion, commentary and debate on HR issues.

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  • Expert views on HR strategy and non-legal developments.
  • Analysis of government proposals and recommendations.

Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • Tory manifesto: national retraining, national insurance holidays and more gap reporting

    Date:
    19 May 2017

    Theresa May launched the Conservative Party's 2017 election manifesto, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises. Having already laid out her plans on workers' rights earlier this week, and with many policies announced over the past year, there is not much we didn't already know. But, as is likely in any 88-page document, there are a few items of interest that may not already be on your radar.

  • Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

    Date:
    19 May 2017

    The Liberal Democrat party's official manifesto has been released and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality and diversity, and corporate governance.

  • Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

    Date:
    17 May 2017

    The Labour party's official manifesto has been released and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation for decades. We summarise the main points for employers.

  • Election 2017: where do the parties stand on employment issues?

    Date:
    16 May 2017

    What will each of the political parties do to the world of employment if they were elected? As the official manifestos are published, we run down those policies most likely to influence the employment landscape.

  • Regulation and the gig economy: It is not just about worker status

    Date:
    12 May 2017

    High-profile cases involving self-employed drivers for the likes of Uber and Deliveroo have focused heavily on employment status and rights. But HR professionals must not forget that so-called gig economy workers could raise other potential legal issues.

  • Why recruitment and talent management strategies need to change

    Date:
    5 May 2017

    For those involved with the hiring, development and retention of key employees, there are challenging times ahead. Talent analyst Mervyn Dinnen examines the changing landscape for talent acquisition and management and provides four key areas where HR's approach needs to change.

  • Employee segmentation: the commercial opportunity for reward

    Date:
    2 May 2017

    Does your organisation take a one-size-fits-all approach to reward? Benjamin Viney, senior consultant for talent and rewards at Willis Towers Watson, looks at how businesses are using data to tailor reward programmes for different workforce segments.

  • GCSE grades are changing: a 9-to-1 guide for employers

    Date:
    24 April 2017

    For the past three decades, employers have advertised roles requiring candidates to have a certain number of GCSEs at "grade C or above". But is all that about to change to "grade 4 or above"? We provide a crash course on GCSE reform from an employer's perspective.

  • Don't let candidates be put off by an outdated hiring experience

    Date:
    17 April 2017

    Finding the balance between effective candidate selection and a positive candidate experience is no mean feat. Charles Martin, CEO of Ipsemet, looks at the trade-off between subjecting job applicants to tests and positioning your brand as a forward-thinking place to work.

  • Gender pay gaps and the Met Police chief's decision to take a "pay cut"

    Date:
    12 April 2017

    New Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick has opted to take a lower salary than that of her predecessor Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. Ruth Thomas, senior consultant for reward specialist Curo Compensation, asks whether the new police chief is setting a good example or exacerbating gender pay inequality.