Commentary and analysis

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  • 10 reasons to consider judicial mediation in an employment tribunal

    Date:
    4 May 2021

    With organisations and claimants often waiting months and years for an outcome at an employment tribunal, judicial mediation could help both parties reach a settlement much sooner than they would if their case progresses to a final hearing. Alan Lewis highlights some of the benefits.

  • What the Global Talent visa offers employers seeking top skills

    Date:
    30 April 2021

    The arrival of the Global Talent Visa has not attracted much attention because the Covid pandemic has seen international travel significantly curtailed. But as lockdown eases, and, hopefully, the crisis diminishes elsewhere in the world, businesses should take note of this flexible route to attracting much-needed skills. Kathryn Bradbury and Richard Milford explain why.

  • What you need to know about the Pension Schemes Act 2021

    Date:
    26 April 2021

    The new Pension Schemes Act gives the Pensions Regulator increased power to prosecute on behalf of scheme members who have been left shortchanged by the actions of a variety of people involved in a business. Simon Kew gauges how businesses should respond to the changes.

  • Planning the future of your workplace: Six things for HR to consider

    Date:
    26 April 2021

    The scale and duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the enforced shift to home-based working has led many organisations to think about the future of the workplace and a move towards a hybrid or blended working model. Gemma Dale takes us through six areas for HR to consider as part of its planning process.

  • 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.

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