Commentary and analysis

Informed opinion, guidance and commentary on issues of interest to HR.

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  • Could long COVID meet the definition of disability?

    16 September 2021

    While not formally recognised as a disability, the effect long COVID may have on a person's ability to work may mean it should be considered as such. Hollie Ryan, senior associate at Stevens & Bolton LLP, looks at the support employers may need to offer staff with persistent symptoms to avoid legal claims.

  • Hybrid working trial periods: A guide for HR

    2 September 2021

    It is good practice for employers to run a trial period before committing to the hybrid working model. A trial period gives them the chance to identify any issues and assess whether individual employees, roles or teams are suited to this new way of working. Stephen Simpson considers how employers can operate an effective hybrid working trial period.

  • Right to work checks: What has changed?

    24 August 2021

    Fragomen reviews the changes to the Government's guidance on right to work checks and sets out what it means for HR teams.

  • Unpaid work trials: Legitimate recruitment practice or exploitation?

    18 August 2021

    Most employers recognise that recruitment is far from an exact science. A candidate might interview well, but how do we know that they can fulfil the role? Alan Lewis, partner with Constantine Law, examines the grey area of work trials and their interpretation under national minimum wage rules.

  • Three key implications of remote working for sponsors of migrant workers

    3 August 2021

    We discuss the key UK immigration considerations of remote working for sponsor licence holders, working through specific case studies.

  • Unconscious bias training: Make your strategy and workshops a success

    27 July 2021

    In his second article on unconscious bias training, Gareth Buchanan sets out the practical steps that you can take to make your unconscious bias training a success and to maximise the impact it has on your organisation's diversity and inclusion strategy.

  • Compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations for staff: How care homes can prepare

    23 July 2021

    It has been confirmed that the requirement for staff working in care homes in England to have a full course of COVID-19 vaccinations, unless they have a medical exemption, comes into force on 11 November 2021. How do employers covered by new requirement encourage staff to be vaccinated, manage workers who refuse or have a medical exemption, and adapt their recruitment processes?

  • Six steps to embedding a diversity and inclusion strategy

    20 July 2021

    Having a diverse and inclusive workplace is important not only ethically but also for improving employee morale, boosting innovation and enhancing business success. We set out six practical steps that employers can take to embed diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

  • Long COVID: Potential scenarios for HR and how to deal with them

    20 July 2021

    We set out some possible scenarios that HR professionals may face in relation to long COVID, and explain how they could tackle them.

  • Unconscious bias training: What you need to know before you start

    20 July 2021

    Unconscious bias training has been part of the diversity and inclusion practitioners' toolkit for a number of years, but criticism from both sides of the political spectrum has many questioning its impact on our rights, workplaces and communities. In the first of two articles, Gareth Buchanan shares his views on why unconscious bias training has been making headlines of its own.

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