Commentary and analysis

All items: Managing employees/workers

  • Soon-to-expire visas: do new Home Office allowances provide enough relief?

    Date:
    7 April 2020

    Companies that employ overseas citizens with soon-to-expire visas may be feeling anxious about how they will be affected by the travel bans and other restrictions brought by the coronavirus. New government allowances and guidance could provide some relief but, as Jonathan Beech asks, do these go far enough?

  • Annual leave and furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    Date:
    6 April 2020

    With employers now grappling with the question of how furloughing under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme impacts on employees' ability to take - and their employer's ability to require them to take - annual leave, consultant editor Darren Newman examines the relevant issues.

  • What will happen to employment status and the Good Work Plan?

    Date:
    30 March 2020

    As we continue to face the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, gig workers face a lack of protection from the Government. In contrast, the changes coming in on 6 April and the proposed Employment Bill continue to narrow the gap between the status and rights of workers and employees. Sian Jackson, principal associate at Mills & Reeve LLP, outlines the changes and how organisations should respond.

  • Working from home: How HR can deal with the daily dilemmas

    Date:
    24 March 2020

    With schools potentially out for summer, the practical challenges of managing a remote workforce and supporting managers to deal with their own teams have just got even more difficult. From dropped video calls to managing expectations around working with children at home, how can HR professionals cope?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Parental bereavement leave: Eight key points to help HR prepare

    Date:
    31 January 2020

    Regulations introducing parental bereavement leave and pay from April 2020 have been laid before Parliament. Now that more details are available on parental bereavement leave, what do employers need to know about how the new statutory right will work?

  • Why cultural training is vital for overseas assignments

    Date:
    15 January 2020

    Overseas projects often fail when employees and their families are not prepared for life abroad. Janette Hiscock looks at why cultural training and education can set staff up for success.

  • 2020 employment law: Eight action points for HR

    Date:
    9 January 2020

    The new year begins with a new government, the prospect of Brexit and a number of employment law developments already on the horizon. What does HR need to do to meet its obligations and prepare for the year ahead?

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