Commentary and analysis

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Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • Working remotely from abroad: The continuing impact of COVID-19

    Date:
    26 May 2022

    Many employers that have introduced hybrid working arrangements are finding that employees who have worked remotely from overseas want to continue to do so. Employers may therefore have additional considerations when formulating any hybrid and return-to-work policies.

  • Monkeypox advice for employers: Working from home and sick pay

    Date:
    26 May 2022

    As the number of monkeypox cases in the UK rises, employers have been advised to conduct risk assessments and ensure they follow standard sickness procedures if a worker becomes infected. Ashleigh Webber pulls together advice for employers whose staff may be infected or at risk of infection with monkeypox.

  • P&O Ferries scandal: Will a statutory "fire and rehire" code prevent a repeat?

    Date:
    10 May 2022

    The Government has said that it intends to publish a new statutory code of practice on "fire and rehire". Consultant editor Darren Newman asks whether the code would be sufficient to clamp down on unscrupulous employers that want to impose new terms and conditions on staff through dismissal and reengagement.

  • Queen's Platinum Jubilee holiday: Issues for employers

    Date:
    9 May 2022

    In 2022, the late May bank holiday has been moved to Thursday 2 June and there is an additional bank holiday on Friday 3 June, creating a four-day weekend to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. What does the long weekend of celebrations across the UK mean for employers?

  • Hybrid working: Six examples of reasonable adjustments for disabled workers

    Date:
    6 May 2022

    Employers that are operating under a hybrid working model must ensure that their working arrangements are inclusive, including making reasonable adjustments to the model for disabled workers. We set out six examples of potential reasonable adjustments for hybrid workers.

  • Brain fog: The menopause symptom impacting women at work

    Date:
    4 May 2022

    A recent TV special highlighting the challenges of menopause showed the difficulties faced by many women around "brain fog" at work. Kathy Abernethy looks at how employers can support female employees to thrive through education and awareness.

  • Employing Ukrainian citizens: Options for entering and staying in the UK

    Date:
    6 April 2022

    The UK Government has responded to the crisis in Ukraine with a number of immigration concessions and visa schemes that aim to simplify entry requirements for Ukrainian citizens. Law firm Fragomen explores the considerations for UK employers that are seeking to welcome Ukrainian citizens into their workforce.

  • Ramadan in the workplace: Top tips for employers

    Date:
    1 April 2022

    The beginning of Ramadan is an ideal time to remind employers of the importance of supporting Muslim staff who are observing the Islamic holy month. We round up five points for employers to remember during Ramadan.

  • Work in the metaverse: What should HR prepare for?

    Date:
    1 April 2022

    It won't be long before work in the metaverse becomes part of daily life, according to some predictions. But this does have implications for HR policies and processes, as Alex Farrell-Thomas and Olivia Sinfield explain.

  • Flexible working and the hybrid model: What are the risks when managing homeworking requests?

    Date:
    29 March 2022

    The pandemic has generated a greater appetite among employees for remote and/or hybrid working patterns. Consultant editor Darren Newman explores how employers can strike a balance between advocating a physical return to the workplace and satisfying staff who are pushing to spend more time working from home.

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