Commentary and analysis

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  • Lockdown sees employees working harder than normal

    Date:
    12 February 2021

    More than half of UK employees say they they have been expected to work outside of regular working hours during lockdown, contributing to many people reporting some negative effects of burnout since home working began.

  • How to keep LGBT employees safe abroad

    Date:
    8 February 2021

    It may not seem a burning issue amid travel restrictions brought about by the pandemic, but for international professional services firms, there are a plethora of reasons to meet the needs of LGBT+ employees who need to travel or be resident abroad.

  • IR35: What does public-sector HR need to know about the April 2021 changes?

    Date:
    5 February 2021

    HR professionals in public authorities may think that the extension of IR35 reforms to the private sector in April 2021 will not affect them. However, public-sector bodies need to be aware of, and prepare for, some changes to the rules.

  • Employment law changes: Seven major proposals that may progress in 2021

    Date:
    1 February 2021

    Many proposed employment law changes that the Government has put forward in the last few years have stalled, mainly as a result of the focus on Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. Which proposals could be resurrected in 2021 and what would they mean for employers?

  • There's no going back: how AI is transforming recruitment

    Date:
    22 January 2021

    The accelerated use of artificial intelligence and machine learning by recruitment specialists over the past year is creating jobs by the thousand; it's time for HR to fully embrace the new technology and work with it to avoid bias, argues AI expert Gez McGuire.

  • Five ways to prevent staff burnout during lockdown

    Date:
    22 January 2021

    Leaders can learn a lot about helping employees in times of stress by looking at how individuals approach problems. Using Kirton's Adaption-Innovation Theory, Dr Megan Seibel looks at five ways burnout can be prevented.

  • Covid-19: Should employers grant time off for vaccinations?

    Date:
    20 January 2021

    Following the news that public-facing workers including teachers, police officers and retail staff could soon be offered Covid-19 vaccinations, Sean Dempsey and Sophie Jamieson look at whether employees are entitled to time off work to get their jabs.

  • Working remotely from abroad: What employers need to know

    Date:
    19 January 2021

    With the shift to homeworking as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some employers have received requests from employees to work from home abroad. What issues do employers need to be aware of when approached about working from home overseas?

  • 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.