Commentary and insights

All items: Managing employees/workers

  • Creating and maintaining HR policies: Four key considerations

    15 June 2023

    Do you need to draft a new policy or amend an existing one? Based on the findings of a major new survey, we explore the main issues faced by HR departments and explain what you need to do to tackle them.

  • April 2023 employment law changes: Four tasks for HR

    24 March 2023

    HR professionals must ensure that their organisation is on top of the raft of employment law developments in April 2023. These changes include rises in national minimum wage rates, gender pay gap reporting deadlines, and increases to statutory redundancy pay and maternity pay.

  • Is insourcing the latest trend in public sector HR?

    20 February 2023

    For years, HR teams in public services have been used to managing long-term contracts with outsourcing companies. But as citizens demand greater levels of transparency and fairness, a number of employers are bringing those services back in-house. Jo Faragher examines how "insourcing" might play out.

  • Hybrid working and tax: what employers need to know

    6 February 2023

    The now-defunct Office for Tax Simplification recently highlighted the need for tax policy to be aligned with modern working practices, including hybrid and remote working from overseas. Susan Ball, employment solutions partner at audit, tax and consulting firm RSM UK, looks at what employers need to know from a tax perspective.

  • Employment law 2023: six key tasks for HR

    13 January 2023

    We look at what HR needs to do to meet its employment law obligations and prepare for the coming year.

  • Travel disruption: Employers' questions answered

    5 December 2022

    With further strikes taking place in January 2023, nationwide industrial action on the railways continues into the new year, effectively shutting down the rail network and causing ongoing travel disruption for millions of employees. Stephen Simpson answers five common questions from employers on the workplace impact of travel disruption.

  • World Cup 2022: Employers' guide to the workplace implications

    9 November 2022

    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar sees 32 nations taking part in 64 matches from Sunday 20 November until Sunday 18 December. Employers should plan ahead to make the most of the impact that this large sporting event can have on staff mental health and morale, while also planning ahead to minimise disruption.

  • Bank holidays: Six things employers need to know

    7 November 2022

    What is the legal position when an extra bank holiday is granted, for example to celebrate the King's coronation? 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.

  • Blackouts: Your HR questions answered

    27 October 2022

    The National Grid has warned that the war in Ukraine combined with very cold weather could result in three-hour power cuts in January and February 2023. While such blackouts are unlikely, the ramification for businesses could be significant. We look at how HR professionals can help their organisations to prepare.

  • Side hustles - what employers need to know

    26 September 2022

    As the cost-of-living crisis bites, many employees will be looking to take on extra work, away from their main employment. What are the legal implications and practical ramifications that side hustles may have for employers, asks employment law solicitor Daisy Watson.

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