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  • Putting a stop to the misuse of NDAs

    22 March 2019

    After the government this month outlined plans to outlaw the unethical use of non-disclosures agreements, Michael Hibbs looks at situations where confidentiality clauses can benefit the employer and employee alike.

  • April 2019 employment law changes: Seven things for HR to do

    18 March 2019

    Every April, HR professionals are faced with a raft of amended employment laws and deadlines for their organisation to meet. Important issues in April 2019 include changes to the law on payslips and the usual increases to the national minimum wage, maternity pay and redundancy payments. Large employers should also be working on their second gender pay gap report and their latest modern slavery statement. Meanwhile, the impact of Brexit on EEA nationals continues to be a major issue.

  • Will immigration costs deter talent after Brexit?

    15 March 2019

    How the UK manages Brexit may hang in the balance this week, but one certainty is that costs will rise for employers in obtaining visas and sponsor licences for international employees. Olivia Bridge explains.

  • Whistleblowing in the NHS

    14 March 2019

    Consultant editor Darren Newman considers whistleblowing in the NHS, focusing on the public interest test and the danger of working on the basis that an allegation is malicious.

  • Online activism in the workplace: how should HR respond?

    12 March 2019

    Technology has revolutionised the way many people organise their work and created a debate around employee status. But it is also increasingly used to campaign for better treatment and conditions in the workplace, argues Susie Al-Qassab - employment law partner at Hodge, Jones & Allen.

  • Updated Acas discipline and grievance guide: What's new for employers?

    4 March 2019

    In February 2019, Acas made changes to its guide on discipline and grievances, which complements the "Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures". We set out the key updates, in particular the amended guidance on workers seeking to postpone a disciplinary hearing because their preferred companion is unavailable.

  • Draft EU employment legislation state of play, March 2019

    4 March 2019

    This article lists all significant items of employment-related draft EU legislation that are currently in the legislative pipeline, or due to be proposed in the near future. It also shows proposals that have been adopted in the past six months.

  • No-deal Brexit: Five things for business travellers to consider

    28 February 2019

    The UK will leave the EU at 11pm on 29 March 2019 unless Parliament approves the withdrawal agreement or the Brexit process is delayed. Businesses whose staff travel to, or temporarily live in the EU, must now make their own no-deal preparations. Dr Sybille Steiner, employment partner at Irwin Mitchell, examines what they need to do to avoid difficulties travelling to Europe after Brexit.

  • What do workforce equality standards mean for NHS employers?

    25 February 2019

    Equality is high on the agenda of most NHS employers. As well as being subject to the gender pay gap reporting regime, NHS employers are required to comply with an equality standard in relation to race, and from April 2019 will be required to comply with a standard on disability. Nicky Green from law firm Capsticks explores what the standards mean for NHS employers.

  • The Good Work Plan: how should employers prepare?

    21 February 2019

    In December 2018, the Government set out the reforms it planned to introduce as part of the Good Work Plan, its response to the Taylor review. Katee Dias examines the main proposals.

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