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Apprenticeships | The ‘failed’ apprenticeship levy needs reform, says CIPD

The apprenticeship levy has now failed on every measure and needs to be reformed immediately, according to the CIPD.

Remote work | Coronavirus has highlighted missing piece in flexible working jigsaw

Flexible working has rocketed to prominence since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. While the concept is not new and many people have been quietly working flexibly for decades, we are clearly...

Rewards and recognition | Hybrid working could change employee rewards

Traditional employee reward structures, such as salary bands, could be a thing of the past due to hybrid working, according to accountancy firm PwC.

Mental wellbeing | HR heads must find ways to combat loneliness

Nearly a third of UK adults are suffering from loneliness in the latest lockdown, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

CJRS | Furlough numbers increase despite scheme's April deadline

Tighter and extended lockdown restrictions have meant the number of employees on furlough rose by 700,000 in January this year, despite the scheme's currently scheduled end on 30 April 2021.

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IR35 | How HR can make the most of the new IR35 rules

The long-awaited IR35 reforms are finally due to come into force in the UK on 6 April 2021, after a delay last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In these challenging times – as UK PLC looks to...

Legal | Employment law changes: what to look out for in 2021

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Employment law in the UK is ever evolving. In this article we capture the principal changes which have already, or will be, introduced in 2021.

Vaccine | Legalising ‘no jab, no job’ vaccine policy

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Employers may be able to insist that new employees take the COVID-19 vaccine, however HR is concerned it will create a minefield of compliance and discrimination issues.

Gig economy | Uber’s Supreme Court loss demonstrates the difficulties in defining employment

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The Supreme Court handed down its long-anticipated judgment in the case of Uber BV and others v Aslam and others on 19 February.

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Personnel | How to attract and retain tech talent in an uncertain world

When the UK entered lockdown in March 2020, even the most traditional companies had to rapidly transition from office-based to working from home. It was clear that ‘work’ was about to be redefined,...

Communication | Employees distrust senior leaders due to poor communication

Senior leaders who have failed to communicate empathetically with their teams during coronavirus have created distrust within the workplace, leading to staff looking for new jobs.

Reward | Core benefits need to be extended to all workers

Many employers are not providing employee benefits that support the core needs of their workforce, according to a new survey by consultancy Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing.

Wellbeing | HR needs to get curious

In 2018, a study from Egon Zehnder identified that curiosity was the best predictor of strength in seven leadership competencies: results orientation, strategic orientation, collaboration and...

Culture | Creating a high-performance workplace by tapping into discretionary effort

A company’s culture is foundational to the future success of a business, impacting all corners of your organisation from engagement and productivity to retention.

Return to work | Boris Johnson's ‘roadmap’ leaves HR in the lurch

Plans to return to the workplace after the UK’s third national lockdown are unclear leaving HR teams with more questions than answers.

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Gender equality | Gender pay gap reporting extension could give firms wrong message

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will be giving UK firms a six-month grace period if they do not report their gender pay gap data by 30 March (public sector) or 4 April (private) 2021.