Commentary and analysis

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Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • Ramadan: Top tips for employers

    Date:
    13 April 2021

    A four-point checklist for employers on how to support employees observing religious festivals.

  • Why intersectionality should be considered when forming a D&I strategy

    Date:
    8 April 2021

    By failing to recognise how the lived experiences of people with common characteristics can differ, organisations will undermine well-intentioned efforts to improve inclusion. Bianca Moodie and Stuart Affleck outline what intersectionality means and how it can be incorporated into an organisation's D&I strategy.

  • Changing immigration rules and how employers can benefit

    Date:
    6 April 2021

    Revisions to the immigration rules and specifically the points-based system in light of Brexit have kickstarted a huge shift in how employers hire, writes Jonathan Beech of Migrate UK.

  • Homeworking: Helping employees to balance work and caring commitments

    Date:
    22 March 2021

    Lockdown has brought many challenges for employers and employees alike - not least those who have had to juggle their day-to-day work with home schooling a child or caring for another dependant. Graham Brown takes a look at ways in which employers can help support working carers and parents.

  • April 2021 employment law changes: Five things for HR to do

    Date:
    9 March 2021

    While continuing to deal with the impact of coronavirus, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the usual raft of April employment law changes. In April 2021, these changes include the extension of IR35 reforms to the private sector, a tweak to the national minimum wage age bands, and increases to statutory redundancy pay and statutory maternity pay.

  • Lockdown sees employees working harder than normal

    Date:
    12 February 2021

    More than half of UK employees say they they have been expected to work outside of regular working hours during lockdown, contributing to many people reporting some negative effects of burnout since home working began.

  • How to keep LGBT employees safe abroad

    Date:
    8 February 2021

    It may not seem a burning issue amid travel restrictions brought about by the pandemic, but for international professional services firms, there are a plethora of reasons to meet the needs of LGBT+ employees who need to travel or be resident abroad.

  • IR35: What does public-sector HR need to know about the April 2021 changes?

    Date:
    5 February 2021

    HR professionals in public authorities may think that the extension of IR35 reforms to the private sector in April 2021 will not affect them. However, public-sector bodies need to be aware of, and prepare for, some changes to the rules.

  • Employment law changes: Seven major proposals that may progress in 2021

    Date:
    1 February 2021

    Many proposed employment law changes that the Government has put forward in the last few years have stalled, mainly as a result of the focus on Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. Which proposals could be resurrected in 2021 and what would they mean for employers?

  • There's no going back: how AI is transforming recruitment

    Date:
    22 January 2021

    The accelerated use of artificial intelligence and machine learning by recruitment specialists over the past year is creating jobs by the thousand; it's time for HR to fully embrace the new technology and work with it to avoid bias, argues AI expert Gez McGuire.

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