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  • GDPR: Managing privacy is now key to mergers and acquisitions

    Date:
    24 May 2019

    This weekend marks a year since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation. Tim Bird examines how worrying gaps in data protection could be hampering the growth of many promising businesses.

  • How to use anti-discrimination policies more successfully

    Date:
    21 May 2019

    Tolerance of discrimination at work is arguably at an all-time low. But if employers want to escape vicarious liability for the discriminatory acts of their employees, they need to do more than just have policies in place, argues Shoshana Bacall.

  • How to get on a HR headhunter's radar

    Date:
    17 May 2019

    A fast-moving and unpredictable environment means solid senior HR experience is in demand. If you're looking for a career move, what's the best way to stand out to headhunters?

  • Blurring of work and home life is the tip of the tech iceberg

    Date:
    13 May 2019

    New technology is often hailed as the UK's economic saviour. But have we appreciated AI's potential for radically altering workplace relationships and impacting our mental health, asks Acas's Adrian Wakeling.

  • How should employers support returning mothers' mental health?

    Date:
    9 May 2019

    Returning to work after maternity leave can be a stressful time for a new mother and managers should be alive to the signs of poor mental wellbeing. But such risks can be minimised when careful thought is given to training, communication and flexible working opportunities, as Boma Adoki explains.

  • Neurodiversity and performance: what employers need to know

    Date:
    8 May 2019

    Employers are waking up to the advantages of having a neurodiverse workforce. But when it comes to performance management processes, don't assume the same strategies you use for neurotypical employees will bring the same results, says Anne Cockayne.

  • What does Brexit teach us about negotiation and litigation?

    Date:
    8 May 2019

    After more than two years of watching politicians grapple with one of the most complex negotiations the UK has ever been involved in, Paul Quain and Lisa Rix consider what we can learn from this in the context of employment disputes.

  • Police recruitment: Challenges and initiatives

    Date:
    30 April 2019

    We look at some of the initiatives that have been taken to boost recruitment in the police sector, and highlight what the police can learn from HM Prison and Probation Service's recruitment campaign.

  • What challenges will HR face in the next 10 years?

    Date:
    29 April 2019

    Making predictions for the workplace is fraught with risk but Emma Shipp and Lynne Adams take a punt on technological change, new legislation, societal trends and, yes, Brexit, to lay out the likely challenges for HR professionals over the next 10 years.

  • Should we rethink our working hours to boost productivity?

    Date:
    17 April 2019

    UK employees work on average two-and-a-half weeks longer than their EU counterparts over the course of a year, new analysis has found, but does it make it a more productive nation? Ashleigh Webber looks at the UK's long-hours culture and whether a four-day working week could ever take off.

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