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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Monkeypox advice for employers: Working from home and sick pay

    26 May 2022

    As the number of monkeypox cases in the UK rises, employers have been advised to conduct risk assessments and ensure they follow standard sickness procedures if a worker becomes infected. Ashleigh Webber pulls together advice for employers whose staff may be infected or at risk of infection with monkeypox.

  • Queen's Platinum Jubilee holiday: Issues for employers

    9 May 2022

    In 2022, the late May bank holiday has been moved to Thursday 2 June and there is an additional bank holiday on Friday 3 June, creating a four-day weekend to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. What does the long weekend of celebrations across the UK mean for employers?

  • Reducing sick pay for the unvaccinated: Is it a good idea and what are the pitfalls?

    21 January 2022

    There have been multiple reports of employers limiting the sick pay entitlement of employees who have chosen not to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Consultant editor Darren Newman explains the potential risks in terms of contractual entitlements, discrimination and employee relations.

  • Employment law in 2022: Eight action points for HR

    3 December 2021

    As well as continuing to deal with workplace issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there will be many other important employment law developments for HR to grapple with in 2022. What does HR need to do to meet its obligations and prepare for the coming year?

  • Long COVID: Potential scenarios for HR and how to deal with them

    20 July 2021

    We set out some possible scenarios that HR professionals may face in relation to long COVID, and explain how they could tackle them.

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