Commentary and analysis

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

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Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • 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.

  • Top 10 COVID-related claims employers could face in 2021

    Date:
    8 December 2020

    We highlight 10 employment tribunal claims related to the coronavirus pandemic that employers could face in 2021 and beyond.

  • Reforming non-competes? 'Anti-business, worrying, unnecessary'

    Date:
    7 December 2020

    Five lawyers share their reactions to the consultation on reforming non-competes.

  • Covid-19: Will 'anti-vaxxers' pose a problem for HR?

    Date:
    7 December 2020

    The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the mass use of a Covid vaccine and immunisations could start as early as next week. But a vocal anti-vaccination movement could threaten to undermine their efficacy if people refuse in large numbers. Does the vaccination debate pose problems for employers?

  • Ethical dilemma: Can employers insist on COVID-19 vaccinations?

    Date:
    3 December 2020

    As the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine receives approval from the UK medicines regulator, to what degree can employers insist that staff are vaccinated before returning to the workplace?

  • Six ways to support bereaved employees

    Date:
    3 December 2020

    On National Grief Awareness Day (December 3), Rebecca Mian - head of HR at not-for-profit healthcare provider Benenden Health - shares some advice on how employers can support employees going through the grieving process.

  • How will employers fare under the new immigration system?

    Date:
    1 December 2020

    The UK's new immigration system opens for visa applications today (1 December 2020). Brought in under Brexit, will the system make it easier or harder for employers to have access to skilled personnel?