HR policy and strategy

Noelle MurphyEditor's message: The role of the HR department stretches from setting people policies and procedures to feeding into the business strategy.

The growth in the collection and use of HR metrics is helping HR departments to prove not only its worth in keeping organisations away from employment tribunal claims, but also in a broader strategic setting. This is a welcome shift for HR professionals and makes for an interesting time for the profession as a whole.

Noelle Murphy, senior HR practice editor

New and updated

  • List of XpertHR Benchmarking survey data

    Date:
    24 May 2017
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    XpertHR's Benchmarking service enables users to access the full data behind XpertHR surveys for the first time. This table presents a complete index of links to all XpertHR benchmarking survey data now available via the XpertHR Benchmarking service, together with links to the relevant XpertHR analysis for each survey.

  • Commit to employing a million more older workers, says age champion

    Date:
    23 May 2017
    Type:
    News

    Employers should commit to employing 12% more employees over the age of 50 by 2022, according to Andy Briggs, the Government's business champion for older workers.

  • Date:
    19 May 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    An investment bank employee has been investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority after sharing confidential client information over WhatsApp. While a reasonable level of employee social media use at work may be acceptable, it is still important to have clear social media policies.

  • Social media misconduct: long-serving employee's dismissal over Facebook comments was harsh but fair

    Date:
    16 May 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    An employment tribunal has rejected the unfair dismissal claim of a long-serving employee with a clean disciplinary record who was dismissed over comments she made on Facebook about her employer.

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

    Date:
    12 May 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    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.

  • Date:
    12 May 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    This month on 19 May it is "National work from home day". So what should employers be aware of if they want to facilitate homeworking?

  • Annual leave survey 2017

    Date:
    5 May 2017
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    XpertHR research looks at annual leave provision, how employers calculate holiday pay, and arrangements for unused holiday entitlement.

  • Remote access means staff cannot switch off

    Date:
    27 April 2017
    Type:
    News

    One-third of UK workers (32%) say that remote access to work means they cannot switch off in their personal time, according to research.

  • Government to publish workplace dress code guidance following high-heels petition

    Date:
    24 April 2017
    Type:
    News

    New guidance on workplace dress codes will be published by the Government, but there will be no changes to the law following receptionist Nicola Thorp's petition to make it illegal to require women to wear high heels at work.

  • Date:
    20 April 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Recent European court judgments have suggested that employers can justify a ban on employees wearing certain religious items. But what do these cases mean for employers drawing up dress codes and will Brexit affect how they are interpreted in future?