A recent legal case involving messaging service WhatsApp raises issues about monitoring employee communications. Nick Le Riche, a partner at Bircham Dyson Bell, offers practical tips on balancing employees' privacy rights with employers' need to protect confidential data.
With spring's four bank holidays fast approaching, it's easy to get used to the concept of the long weekend. We examine the growing support for a shorter working week and potential benefits it could bring.
Updated to include information on the gender pay gap reporting requirement, in force from 6 April 2017 for private- and voluntary-sector organisations, and 31 March 2017 for public-sector organisations.
Updated to include Acas guidance on promoting positive mental health in the workplace.
If employees aren't working out, managers can be impatient to move them out of the organisation. Ed Stacey of PwC Legal looks at how HR can strike a balance between supporting the needs of the business while managing potential legal and reputation risks.
Updated to reflect the increase to the national minimum wage rates, effective from 1 April 2017.
Professor Øyvind L Martinsen, head of leadership and organisational behaviour at the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, together with colleague Professor Lars Glasø, surveyed the personality traits of more than 2,900 managers and found that female leaders scored higher than men in most of the five categories measured.
Our annual survey of priorities on the HR agenda finds symmetry across sectors, with learning and development headlining across the board.
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".
HR and legal information and guidance relating to HR policy and strategy.