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  • General election 2019: Five issues when politics and work mix

    12 November 2019

    How can employers prevent employees from electioneering at work? Should the workforce be banned from highlighting their political allegiances in the workplace? What if colleagues argue over opposing political views? With a general election taking place on 12 December, we look at five employment issues when politics and the workplace mix.

  • End of year restructure? How to avoid a winter of discontent

    1 November 2019

    For many employers, the end of the year can signal a time for restructure rather than celebration. Helena Wheeler, senior lawyer at ESP Law, looks at what organisations need to consider to ensure their decisions don't lead them to an employment tribunal.

  • How to stop your workforce going under when business is close to collapse

    31 October 2019

    With the recent collapse of Thomas Cook and other established companies in financial difficulty, such as Pizza Express and Links of London, Barry Ross looks at the plight of the workforce when companies face going under and the role of HR.

  • How to manage employees with 'side hustles'

    31 October 2019

    More and more people are taking on "side hustles" in addition to their main job. But while supporting side hustles can be good for engagement, there are a number of legal considerations for employers, write Adam Penman and Nickie Pickernell.

  • Climate change protests: Five concerns for employers

    28 October 2019

    Widespread environmental protests, such as the Extinction Rebellion, are having an increasing everyday impact on employers. We round up potential issues for HR professionals who are dealing with disruption to their employer's operations as a result of climate change protests.

  • Political beliefs in the workplace: what does the law say?

    15 October 2019

    As the debate over Brexit reaches a crescendo and leavers and remainers disagree on what should happen next, Richard Fox examines the extent to which employers can allow political debate in the workplace.

  • Brexit: How will UK employment law change?

    4 October 2019

    With the UK currently scheduled to leave the EU on 31 October, consultant editor Darren Newman looks at how EU law and European Court of Justice decisions will continue to shape UK employment law after Brexit.

  • Ascertaining whether an employee has a disability

    2 October 2019

    Charles Wynn-Evans examines the issues arising from HR referring an employee to occupational health and the lessons to be learnt from two cases that focused on whether the employers had "constructive" knowledge of disability.

  • Preparing for the SMCR: Timeline and checklist

    1 October 2019

    The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) will apply to all Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) solo-regulated firms from 9 December 2019. In the second of her series of four articles, Sarah Leslie provides a checklist of the key steps that firms must take to prepare for its arrival, and the timeline.

  • Senior Managers and Certification Regime: The basics

    1 October 2019

    The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) will apply to all Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) solo-regulated firms from 9 December 2019. In the first in a series of four articles, Sarah Leslie sets out the key elements of the new regime, and looks at the new directory.

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