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  • HR talking point: Industrial unrest - why more restrictive union laws are not the answer

    26 July 2022

    Consultant editor Darren Newman argues that more restrictive trade union laws, such as the lifting of the ban on using agency workers during industrial action and an increase in the level of damages that can be awarded against unions for unlawful industrial action, are not the answer to tackling the current wave of industrial unrest.

  • Statutory neonatal care leave and pay: What we know so far

    20 July 2022

    The Government has given its backing to the Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill, which is a Private Members' Bill sponsored by MP Stuart McDonald. This paves the way for the introduction of statutory neonatal care leave and pay. What do we know about this new type of family-friendly leave and what has the Government said about the timetable for its implementation?

  • HR talking point: Expansion of healthcare professionals who can certify fit notes

    6 July 2022

    The expansion of the group of healthcare professionals who can now issue fit notes can have a positive impact on employers' sickness absence management procedures, writes XpertHR principal employment law editor Stephen Simpson.

  • Employment law changes 2022: Mid-year progress report for HR

    1 July 2022

    As we reach the midpoint of 2022, HR professionals would be forgiven for losing track of all the live employment law proposals and what they mean for their organisation. To assist HR with planning for the rest of the year and beyond, we round up the major employment law changes in the pipeline as of mid-2022.

  • What has cyber security got to do with HR?

    30 June 2022

    HR teams should not ignore the threat of a cyber attack on their business, as employees are often the first line of defence. Patrick Byrne explains why people teams play a key role.

  • Four-day week: what are the legal considerations for HR?

    28 June 2022

    At the start of June, more than 70 companies embarked on a trialĀ of working a four-day week. The pilot will last for six months and employees involved will receive 100% of their usual pay, just working 80% of the time.

  • Hybrid working legal and practical issues: Your common questions answered

    16 June 2022

    While many employers have now implemented a hybrid working model, challenges remain to ensure that hybrid working arrangements run smoothly. XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman answers some of the most common legal and practical questions that hybrid working organisations have been asking us.

  • Travel disruption: Employers' questions answered

    16 June 2022

    Nationwide industrial action on the railways planned over the summer will effectively shut down the rail network and cause travel disruption for millions of employees. Meanwhile, staff shortages and disruption at ports and airports are expected to continue meaning employees may also face delays returning from annual leave. Stephen Simpson answers five common questions from employers on the workplace impact of travel disruption.

  • Bank holidays: Six things employers need to know

    8 June 2022

    Are employees entitled to extra pay for working on bank holidays? What does an employer do if an employee refuses to work on a bank holiday? How should bank holidays be managed for part-time employees? Public holidays can raise a myriad of issues for employers - we explain how to deal with some of the most common.

  • Hybrid working and sickness absence management: Practical tips for employers

    31 May 2022

    Employers that are operating under a hybrid working model must ensure that their sickness absence management procedures sit comfortably alongside their new working arrangements. We set out five steps that hybrid working organisations can take to ensure that sickness absence management continues to be effective.

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