Commentary and analysis

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

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  • GDPR: Business needs Europe-wide track and trace cohesion

    Date:
    7 August 2020

    A more coordinated approach across Europe over what track and trace measures employers can use would allow businesses to return employees to work more safely and avoid the risks of a legal minefield, a leading law firm is arguing.

  • Can remote redundancy conversations be sensitive and fair?

    Date:
    4 August 2020

    With job losses continuing to hit the headlines, many employers are wrestling with the practical issues involving redundancy consultations, and how to conduct these in a sensitive way despite restrictions. Stuart Duff looks at the role of video in difficult conversations.

  • Supporting neurodivergent staff in the post-lockdown workplace

    Date:
    31 July 2020

    Matthew Trerise and Angela Armstrong discuss the challenges neurodivergent people may experience when returning to the workplace post-lockdown, with practical tips on reintegrating employees.

  • NHS to focus on flexible working and staff wellbeing

    Date:
    30 July 2020

    Flexible working, education and health and wellbeing are at the forefront of the new NHS People Plan, which the Government hopes will make "real and lasting change" within England's health service.

  • Lack of women in top roles sees leading firms miss out on profits

    Date:
    28 July 2020

    FTSE 350 companies are not fulfilling their financial potential because of their failure to appoint more women to key executive roles.

  • Coronavirus and travel: Seven questions about quarantine

    Date:
    28 July 2020

    On Saturday, the Government announced that anyone returning from Spain, including the Balearics and Canaries, must self-isolate on their return to the UK for 14 days. Jo Moseley, senior associate solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, considers the employment law implications of quarantine.

  • Spanish holidays: how should employers handle staff quarantine?

    Date:
    27 July 2020

    Employers should prepare policies that outline how they will handle employees who are forced to quarantine after travelling abroad.

  • HR resilience required during fallout from COVID-19

    Date:
    27 July 2020

    HR's role in supporting employees and the business during the expected recession will test the skills of the profession, but the experience of the 2008/09 recession can consolidate HR resilience that will benefit all.

  • How does the Government plan to cap public-sector exit payments?

    Date:
    27 July 2020

    The Government has published its response to the April 2019 consultation on capping public-sector exit payments at £95,000. We look at the detail of the proposals and how they could affect redundancies and reorganisations in the public sector.

  • Demotion during post-pandemic restructuring

    Date:
    24 July 2020

    Demoting employees as part of a restructuring programme may offer a more favourable alternative to redundancies, but employers need to beware of the ramifications of making such contractual changes and to ensure the process followed is lawful. Paida Dube, employment law solicitor at DavidsonMorris, explains.