Commentary and analysis

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  • 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.

  • 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.