Commentary and analysis

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  • Coronavirus crisis accelerates digitisation of employment tribunals

    Date:
    24 March 2020

    Last week, employment tribunal judges were advised to hold all hearings remotely because of coronavirus fears - a move that could form a key step in long-awaited plans to digitise the legal process, writes Richard Fox.

  • April 2020 employment law changes: Eight tasks for HR

    Date:
    19 March 2020

    Each April, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the latest round of amended employment laws and deadlines. As well as dealing with the ongoing impact of coronavirus (Covid-19), important issues for HR in April 2020 include changes to written statements of terms and conditions, the introduction of parental bereavement leave and pay, and changes to the law on calculating holiday pay for workers with irregular hours.

  • Coronavirus and statutory sick pay

    Date:
    19 March 2020

    Consultant editor Darren Newman discusses the changes to the statutory sick pay system brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, and suggests the current crisis may well result in a full review of the system.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Potential absence and attendance scenarios and how to deal with them

    Date:
    19 March 2020

    We set out some possible scenarios related to absence and attendance that HR professionals may face during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and explain how they could tackle them. Additional scenarios (added on 19 March) now cover an employee being unable to work because their child's school has closed or an elderly relative has fallen ill, and an employee due to return to work has been stranded abroad.

  • Employee engagement isn't just HR's responsibility

    Date:
    12 March 2020

    As UK employee engagement and productivity levels remain stubbornly low, Stuart Hearn explains why improving engagement levels is a job for the whole business, not just HR.

  • Is it time for specific anti-bullying legislation?

    Date:
    12 March 2020

    There are a few avenues available to employees wishing to seek legal redress after being bullied in the workplace, but no specific anti-bullying legislation yet exists. Bina Patel, senior associate in the employment team at law firm Kingsley Napley LLP, explains why such a law would improve access to justice for all.

  • Unfair dismissal: When should a manager's unreasonable conduct be taken into account?

    Date:
    5 March 2020

    Consultant editor Darren Newman looks at recent unfair dismissal cases, including Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti, which concern the knowledge of the decision-maker and asks when the unreasonable conduct of another manager should be taken into account in deciding whether or not the decision to dismiss is fair.

  • You're fired? Why the right contract is key when dismissing apprentices

    Date:
    4 March 2020

    Organisations might find themselves in hot water if they wish to dismiss an apprentice and don't have a formal apprenticeship agreement in place. Natalie Flynn, employment law solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, looks at the protection they can bring employers.

  • IR35: Seven things private-sector HR needs to do now

    Date:
    27 February 2020

    From 6 April 2020, the IR35 tax regulations extend to the private sector. Medium-sized and large private-sector organisations need to prepare now for the proposed changes to the rules.

  • Points-based immigration: five things employers can do now

    Date:
    20 February 2020

    Employers have been advised not to panic in reaction to the newly published details on the proposed points-based immigration system that will take effect from 1 January 2021. Jo Faragher reports.