Editor'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
Our annual survey of priorities on the HR agenda finds symmetry across sectors, with learning and development headlining across the board.
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.
We have added to our Good practice manual information on the latest HR practices employed by leading organisations and advocated by industry experts.
Updated to include information on the ECJ judgments in Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions NV and Bougnaoui v Micropole Univers, on employers preventing female staff from wearing Islamic headscarfs while working with clients.
The European Court of Justice has held that a direct religious discrimination claim in which an employee who wears an Islamic headscarf is dismissed to appease a customer cannot be defended on the basis of a "genuine and determining occupational requirement".
The European Court of Justice has held that a ban on religious dress that prevents a Muslim woman from wearing an Islamic headscarf when in contact with clients cannot be directly discriminatory, but is potentially indirectly discriminatory.
Requirements for women to wear high heels, make-up and a skirt were common in the 1970s, but do such requirements have any place in a 21st-century employer's dress code? In this week's podcast, we discuss the recent controversy around sexism in workplace dress codes.
HR's most pressing challenges for 2017 include getting to grips with a multi-generational workforce, taking a more prominent role in managing change and supporting innovation, according to the Institute for Employment Studies (IES).
Updated to include information on HM Treasury's decision to amend the definition of financial advice.
Employers must tread carefully when revising a contract of employment. Joanna Sutton, senior associate solicitor at Nockolds, offers tips to avoid unfair dismissal claims or employee retention problems.
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