Commentary and analysis

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

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Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • How will employers fare under the new immigration system?

    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?

  • Building HR resilience during the coronavirus

    30 November 2020

    HR has been on the frontline of organisational response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, meeting every challenge thrown its way. But there is concern among the HR community that the pressure being placed on them is putting their own health and wellbeing at risk. Graham Brown looks at how HR professionals can build their resilience levels during the current crisis.

  • How should HR handle a case of domestic abuse?

    27 November 2020

    With soaring rates of calls to domestic abuse helplines throughout the Covid pandemic and coverage of the Johnny Depp vs The Sun trial, it is now becoming a key issue for HR. How should HR handle workers accused of domestic abuse? Maria Strauss explains.

  • New tier system: What will it mean for employers?

    26 November 2020

    When England's lockdown is lifted on 2 December, a new, more stringent regional "tier" system will be introduced that will bring in different levels of restrictions that are designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 based on the infection rate in different parts of the country.

  • How can businesses prepare for the next social movement?

    25 November 2020

    Were the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements predictable? If so, what's next and how should organisations prepare? Gareth Buchanan explores these issues and sets out some practical steps that organisations can take to be more inclusive.

  • A fifth of disabled workers had work from home requests turned down during pandemic

    24 November 2020

    One in five disabled employees has had their request to work from home, be furloughed or redeployed during the pandemic turned down.

  • Settled status: Are your EU workers ready or at risk?

    24 November 2020

    Although the applications deadline for pre-settled and settled status is not until next year, there are some steps HR teams must take before the end of 2020 to ensure their EU, EEA and Swiss employees are eligible, writes Jonathan Beech.

  • Extended furlough scheme - the issues that HR need to know about

    23 November 2020

    The extended furlough scheme has already been the subject of revised government guidance and a subsequent Treasury Direction. Consultant editor Darren Newman examines the extended scheme and the issues that it presents for HR and employers.

  • Building skills the top priority for HR leaders in 2021

    16 November 2020

    HR leaders' top priority for 2021 is to add critical skills, once the immediate threat of the Covid-19 crisis recedes, a prominent study has found, while questions emerge over trust in and quality of senior management.

  • Furlough extension: practical implications for HR

    11 November 2020

    Following the announcement that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be in place until March 2021 and will cover 80% of wages again, Sungjin Park looks at some of the practicalities for HR.

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