Commentary and analysis

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  • How can businesses prepare for the next social movement?

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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?

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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.

  • Employment law: Seven key tasks for HR in 2021

    Date:
    11 November 2020

    2020 was the year that HR was required to react to the unexpected, but it's now time to plan for the known challenges in the coming year. We look at what HR can do to prepare for 2021.

  • Gender pay gap reporting: The implications of furlough

    Date:
    10 November 2020

    Furlough has the potential to skew an organisation's gender pay gap significantly. Madeleine Mould, associate in the employment team at law firm Blake Morgan LLP, looks at what it means for organisations preparing their data ahead of the next reporting deadline.

  • DBS checks: How rehabilitation periods are changing

    Date:
    10 November 2020

    Jessica Maguire examines a recent white paper and outlines how the government is proposing to change rehabilitation periods and when a conviction becomes 'spent'.

  • Modern slavery statement changes: What will employers have to do differently?

    Date:
    4 November 2020

    The Government has confirmed that it is going ahead with major changes to the duty on large employers to publish an annual modern slavery statement. What changes will employers have to make to the content of, and process for publishing, their statement and which additional employers will be covered?

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