Commentary and analysis

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

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  • Brexit and UK employment law

    Date:
    18 January 2021

    Now that the UK and the EU have agreed on the position of the UK post-Brexit, HR is left wondering what this means for UK employment law in 2021 and beyond. Consultant editor Darren Newman considers the impact of Brexit not only on retained EU legislation, but also on EU case law.

  • January blues? How to help employees speak up

    Date:
    18 January 2021

    Blue Monday might be a myth, but that doesn't mean employees' mental wellbeing should go off the radar, particularly with the pandemic challenges organisations continue to face.

  • Is remote working here to stay?

    Date:
    8 January 2021

    Nick Martindale investigates the long-term changes to working patterns and the future of the workplace following the changes brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Employee benefits: no longer one-size-fits-all

    Date:
    4 January 2021

    A benefits scheme is a vital part of HR's recruitment and retention toolkit but employers are starting to realise that traditional off-the-shelf packages are no longer the best way to meet changing employee needs and attract new talent.

  • Emerging HR roles to look out for in 2021

    Date:
    24 December 2020

    Earlier this year, digital solutions firm Cognizant revealed 21 HR roles that are expected to emerge over the next decade. Caroline Leroy, chief people and fulfilment officer at Payfit, outlines the ones employers are most likely to begin recruiting for in 2021.

  • Seven key employment law cases from 2020

    Date:
    17 December 2020

    While the focus has been on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, HR professionals have still had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2020. We highlight seven noteworthy cases from 2020 that employers should know about.

  • Top 10 COVID-related claims employers could face in 2021

    Date:
    8 December 2020

    We highlight 10 employment tribunal claims related to the coronavirus pandemic that employers could face in 2021 and beyond.

  • Reforming non-competes? 'Anti-business, worrying, unnecessary'

    Date:
    7 December 2020

    Five lawyers share their reactions to the consultation on reforming non-competes.

  • Covid-19: Will 'anti-vaxxers' pose a problem for HR?

    Date:
    7 December 2020

    The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the mass use of a Covid vaccine and immunisations could start as early as next week. But a vocal anti-vaccination movement could threaten to undermine their efficacy if people refuse in large numbers. Does the vaccination debate pose problems for employers?

  • Ethical dilemma: Can employers insist on COVID-19 vaccinations?

    Date:
    3 December 2020

    As the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine receives approval from the UK medicines regulator, to what degree can employers insist that staff are vaccinated before returning to the workplace?