Commentary and analysis

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  • Mental health support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

    Date:
    7 April 2020

    Regular communications, mental health first-aiders, employee assistance programmes and online resources all have an important part to play in employers' efforts to support their employees' mental health during the current crisis.

  • Soon-to-expire visas: do new Home Office allowances provide enough relief?

    Date:
    7 April 2020

    Companies that employ overseas citizens with soon-to-expire visas may be feeling anxious about how they will be affected by the travel bans and other restrictions brought by the coronavirus. New government allowances and guidance could provide some relief but, as Jonathan Beech asks, do these go far enough?

  • Annual leave and furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    Date:
    6 April 2020

    With employers now grappling with the question of how furloughing under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme impacts on employees' ability to take - and their employer's ability to require them to take - annual leave, consultant editor Darren Newman examines the relevant issues.

  • Five ways to keep employees engaged during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

    Date:
    6 April 2020

    With workers up and down the country being furloughed or forced to work from home, Graham Brown looks at what HR can do to help employees stay motivated, engaged and connected.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Recruitment challenges during the pandemic

    Date:
    6 April 2020

    What should employers do if they have new hires due to start work during the current crisis? Jo Faragher asks HR professionals and recruitment specialists for their advice.

  • How HR practitioners are coping in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

    Date:
    2 April 2020

    The unprecedented circumstances that businesses are currently working in has led to a surge in workload for the HR department. Sheila Attwood looks at how HR is coping as a profession and what steps practitioners are taking to look after themselves.

  • What will happen to employment status and the Good Work Plan?

    Date:
    30 March 2020

    As we continue to face the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, gig workers face a lack of protection from the Government. In contrast, the changes coming in on 6 April and the proposed Employment Bill continue to narrow the gap between the status and rights of workers and employees. Sian Jackson, principal associate at Mills & Reeve LLP, outlines the changes and how organisations should respond.

  • Working from home: How HR can deal with the daily dilemmas

    Date:
    24 March 2020

    With schools potentially out for summer, the practical challenges of managing a remote workforce and supporting managers to deal with their own teams have just got even more difficult. From dropped video calls to managing expectations around working with children at home, how can HR professionals cope?

  • Coronavirus crisis accelerates digitisation of employment tribunals

    Date:
    24 March 2020

    Last week, employment tribunal judges were advised to hold all hearings remotely because of coronavirus fears - a move that could form a key step in long-awaited plans to digitise the legal process, writes Richard Fox.

  • Coronavirus and statutory sick pay

    Date:
    19 March 2020

    Consultant editor Darren Newman discusses the changes to the statutory sick pay system brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, and suggests the current crisis may well result in a full review of the system.