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. We conduct around 30 surveys of employer practice every year to ensure we are capturing the most up-to-date practice within HR.

Our Survey analysis > HR roles and responsibilities 2016 survey: key metrics is the latest research exploring HR strategy. One of the key metrics included is the ratio of HR practitioners to employers - over the fourteen years that we have been tracking this figure, we have seen this ratio change from a high of 1:118 to, where it stands today, 1:62, based on figures from 535 HR professionals.

XpertHR's survey on dress codes, with responses from 578 employers, finds that the majority of employers offer at least some guidance to employees on what is appropriate to wear at work.

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Latest items in HR policy and strategy

  • Date:
    26 September 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    In university towns and cities around the country, students are settling in for the start of the academic year. As freshers' weeks come to an end, many students will start to think about finding some part-time work to see them through. We set out six tips on employing students.

  • Are talented employees with tattoos being overlooked?

    Date:
    23 September 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Although some employers are adopting a more flexible approach to dress codes, latest Acas research shows that tattoos and piercings are still "frowned upon" in many parts of the services sector.

  • Policies and documents tool: further improvements to layout

    Date:
    22 September 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    A further 18 categories within our suite of model documents are now listed in the order in which HR professionals might use them. This follows on from the earlier redesign of 14 key areas, making it easier than ever to find the templates that you need among XpertHR's 1,000 model documents.

  • Visible tattoos: is it time to relax policies on employee appearance?

    Date:
    22 September 2016
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    New research on appearance at work from Acas shows that employers may be out of touch with changing public attitudes to visible tattoos, body piercings and other developments.

  • Modern slavery statements: September deadline looms

    Date:
    21 September 2016
    Type:
    News

    The end of September is a key cut-off point for large employers required to publish their first modern slavery statement.

  • Have you published your modern slavery statement?

    Date:
    21 September 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    The Government recommends that large organisations publish their first modern slavery statement within six months of the end of their financial year. If this runs from 1 April to 31 March, publication of the first statement is expected by 30 September 2016.

  • Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to highlight the significance of 30 September 2016 for large employers with a financial year that runs from 1 April to 31 March.

  • When dress codes and English language requirements discriminate

    Date:
    19 September 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    A strict requirement to speak only English at work or a ban on religious dress at work can lead to the risk of race or religious discrimination, explains Deborah Bulman of Burges Salmon LLP.

  • Date:
    19 September 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Large employers must publish a modern slavery statement for each financial year ending on or after 31 March 2016. The Government recommends that the statement be published within six months of the end of the organisation's financial year. If this runs from 1 April to 31 March, publication of the first statement is expected by 30 September 2016. What do you have to consider when writing a modern slavery statement, how should it be structured and what can it contain?

  • Candidate attraction

    Type:
    Good practice manual

    Updated to include information on trends in candidate attraction.

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