Commentary and insights

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  • Six findings from the national living wage review

    23 June 2022

    The Low Pay Commission's review of the national living wage found it has reduced regional pay inequality and contributed to narrowing gender and ethnicity pay gaps, but it has not led to higher incomes and or any measurable increase in productivity.

  • April 2022 employment law changes: Six tasks for HR

    14 March 2022

    HR professionals must ensure that their organisation is on top of the raft of employment law developments in April 2022. These changes include rises in national minimum wage rates, gender pay gap reporting deadlines, increases to statutory redundancy pay and maternity pay, and the end of HMRC's IR35 enforcement "grace period".

  • IR35: Are you ready for the end of "light-touch" enforcement in April 2022?

    14 March 2022

    The reformed IR35 rules have applied to the private sector since 6 April 2021, having been in force in the public sector since 2017. Employers should be aware that HMRC's approach to enforcing the rules is set to change from April 2022.

  • Seven priority areas for HR and reward in 2022

    11 March 2022

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted the importance of how people at work are managed and engaged. Duncan Brown looks at just what HR has achieved over the past two years, and gives his advice on how it can continue to build on this through his seven priority areas for HR and reward.

  • The 10 most important employment law cases in 2021

    8 December 2021

    Despite the coronavirus pandemic, HR professionals have had their fair share of employment law rulings to keep track of in 2021. We count down the 10 most important judgments of the year that every employer should know about.

  • 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?

  • Unpaid work trials: Legitimate recruitment practice or exploitation?

    18 August 2021

    Most employers recognise that recruitment is far from an exact science. A candidate might interview well, but how do we know that they can fulfil the role? Alan Lewis, partner with Constantine Law, examines the grey area of work trials and their interpretation under national minimum wage rules.

  • What you need to know about the Pension Schemes Act 2021

    26 April 2021

    The new Pension Schemes Act gives the Pensions Regulator increased power to prosecute on behalf of scheme members who have been left shortchanged by the actions of a variety of people involved in a business. Simon Kew gauges how businesses should respond to the changes.

  • April 2021 employment law changes: Five things for HR to do

    9 March 2021

    While continuing to deal with the impact of coronavirus, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the usual raft of April employment law changes. In April 2021, these changes include the extension of IR35 reforms to the private sector, a tweak to the national minimum wage age bands, and increases to statutory redundancy pay and statutory maternity pay.

  • IR35: What does public-sector HR need to know about the April 2021 changes?

    5 February 2021

    HR professionals in public authorities may think that the extension of IR35 reforms to the private sector in April 2021 will not affect them. However, public-sector bodies need to be aware of, and prepare for, some changes to the rules.

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