Commentary and analysis

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  • Bias behind failure to select women for FTSE boards revealed

    Date:
    3 July 2020

    Flawed selection procedures and entrenched bias are combining to minimise the numbers of women on FTSE company boards, according to new research.

  • Coronavirus: Promoting employee engagement as the lockdown is lifted

    Date:
    2 July 2020

    The return to the workplace has started for many organisations, but that workplace is likely to look very different to the pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) one, and HR professionals are already looking at how their practices will need to change to adapt.

  • What does coronavirus mean for executive search?

    Date:
    2 July 2020

    Finding the right leaders to navigate organisations through the pandemic and beyond has never been more important, but executive search practices must also evolve to meet new and fast-changing demands, says Craig Pointon.

  • Black jobs matter: does the law curb positive action?

    Date:
    30 June 2020

    It feels like the perfect time for pioneering HR and diversity/inclusion managers to bolster policies that assist BAME people to overcome the inherent challenges they face in the workplace. But they have to take heed of the Equality Act 2010, which puts the brakes on positive action, write Mark Callaghan and Raoul Parekh.

  • The new immigration system for the UK

    Date:
    30 June 2020

    The Brexit transition period is due to end on 31 December 2020, with no indication that this will be extended in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. European nationals who arrive in the UK from 1 January 2021 will require immigration permission to work here.

  • How to hire staff more fairly and recognise diversity

    Date:
    29 June 2020

    Recognising our biases and presumptions is only the start of achieving the fairer, more inclusive, recruitment processes our businesses need and demand. Chris Platts offers a practical guide on how to establish a level playing field when selecting candidates.

  • What are the implications of the test and trace service for employers?

    Date:
    26 June 2020

    Employers are being asked to "play their part" in the NHS test and trace service by encouraging workers to comply with requests to self-isolate and to support them while they are in isolation. Jo Broadbent, Counsel Knowledge Lawyer at Hogan Lovells, explores some of the legal and practical issues for employers of the test and trace service.

  • Acting now to obtain a sponsor licence will avoid recruitment delays from 2021

    Date:
    23 June 2020

    As the end of the Brexit transition period approaches, organisations that rely on European staff may need to start the process for obtaining sponsor licences. HR teams that take action now will ensure they have everything in place to continue recruiting from overseas from 2021.

  • Seven things employers need to know about flexible furlough

    Date:
    16 June 2020

    Late last week the Government published the first full guidance on the new flexible furlough scheme coming into force on 1 July. Joanne Moseley, senior associate solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, examines the key details.

  • Brexit: Employers get last chance to identify shortage occupations

    Date:
    15 June 2020

    As a consultation exercise on the government's points-based immigration systems comes to an end, employers have a final opportunity to influence the roles that will be on the list of those given more favourable treatment when the Brexit transition period ends.