Commentary and analysis

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  • Covid-19 and recession: Is redundancy the only option?

    Date:
    15 September 2020

    With job losses never far from the headlines and the end of the furlough scheme looming, businesses are evaluating the future shape of their workforce. Adam Penman explains how HR should approach redundancy decisions and reflects on the alternatives.

  • Why virtual onboarding can still be a warm welcome

    Date:
    9 September 2020

    It may be a tough labour market at the moment, but a number of key sectors continue to hire and many graduate schemes are still going ahead. But how are they welcoming new starters into the business when a face-to-face induction is not always possible?

  • Is it time to rip up the learning and development rulebook?

    Date:
    8 September 2020

    Leaders have a unique opportunity to question how things have been done in the past and create new organisational norms. What does this mean for learning and development, asks David Williams?

  • Diversity: What does an LGBT-inclusive leader look like?

    Date:
    8 September 2020

    Sanjay Sood-Smith, executive director of workplace and community programmes at LGBT equality charity Stonewall, gives some tips on being an LGBT-inclusive leader.

  • AI and algorithms: Why the human touch is important

    Date:
    3 September 2020

    The A-level results drama last month has placed a lot of attention on how algorithms are used in decision-making. As the use of AI expands, Esther Langdon - employment lawyer at international law firm Vedder Price - looks at how organisations can make sure they get the best out of AI while keeping its outcomes fair.

  • Should you enforce restrictive covenants during a pandemic?

    Date:
    25 August 2020

    Non-compete clauses and other restrictive covenants are often used to prevent an employee from taking an organisation's commercial secrets to a competitor when they leave. But is it fair to enforce them when job opportunities are limited? Imogen Finnegan, senior consultant at Bellevue Law, weighs up the pros and cons.

  • "All views my own": Monitoring employees' social media

    Date:
    18 August 2020

    Social media has grown in use exponentially since Facebook was launched 16 years ago, and so has the risk to users. Daniel Piddington examines how employers can keep an eye on their staff's social media posts without falling foul of the law.

  • New immigration guidelines: What do employers need to know?

    Date:
    17 August 2020

    While Brexit preparations might still seem a distant set of priorities for some organisations, last month the government issued more detailed guidance on how the new points-based immigration framework would operate from the start of 2021. Claire Nilson and Hodon Anastasi outline the main points.

  • GDPR: Business needs Europe-wide track and trace cohesion

    Date:
    7 August 2020

    A more coordinated approach across Europe over what track and trace measures employers can use would allow businesses to return employees to work more safely and avoid the risks of a legal minefield, a leading law firm is arguing.

  • Can remote redundancy conversations be sensitive and fair?

    Date:
    4 August 2020

    With job losses continuing to hit the headlines, many employers are wrestling with the practical issues involving redundancy consultations, and how to conduct these in a sensitive way despite restrictions. Stuart Duff looks at the role of video in difficult conversations.