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

  • Leadership development: resilience in times of trauma

    Date:
    20 January 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    The vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as president of the US meant that 2016 was a traumatic year. Dr Amy Armstrong looks at how leaders can use these uncertain times as opportunities to learn and develop.

  • Five ways men feel alienated by gender diversity debate

    Date:
    20 January 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Chris Parke, CEO of coaching consultancy Talking Talent, looks at why many men feel excluded from the diversity debate and how to tackle the problem.

  • Essential people analytics: seven key HR metrics for 2017

    Date:
    19 January 2017
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    With data and analytics playing an increasingly critical role in HR decision-making, latest analysis from XpertHR Benchmarking reveals the seven essential HR metrics for 2017.

  • Inquiry into "fatherhood penalty" launched by Government

    Date:
    16 January 2017
    Type:
    News

    The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry into how employers can better support fathers in the workplace.

  • Could "associate EU citizenship" become a worthwhile employee perk?

    Date:
    16 January 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    The proposal by an MEP that UK nationals could take out "associate EU citizenship" could appeal to UK employers who want to move staff around offices in different EU countries. But is it likely to be endorsed by the Government after a "hard Brexit"?

  • Homeworking employee not unlawfully discriminated against by requirement to arrange childcare

    Date:
    16 January 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    This employment tribunal held, in White v Propharma Group MIS Ltd, that the employer had not indirectly discriminated against a female employee by requiring her to remove potential interruptions while working at home by arranging childcare.

  • Severe weather

    Date:
    16 January 2017
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Severe weather has the potential to disrupt business operations and to affect employees commuting to or from work or travelling for work-related reasons. Employers should consider providing instructions to employees in advance and it is advisable to have a clear severe weather policy in place.

  • Social media: employee fairly dismissed for historic tweets

    Date:
    10 January 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    This tribunal decision concerns a long-serving employee who was dismissed for making derogatory comments about his colleagues and his employer that he had posted on Twitter up to three years previously.

  • Wellbeing

    Type:
    Good practice manual

    Updated with information on trends in employee wellbeing.

  • Cases on appeal

    Date:
    1 January 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    Cases on appeal provides news on key case law developments that are expected.