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Employment law | Royal Mail sued over drivers' gig economy status

Royal Mail is being sued by drivers that it has classified as self-employed, meaning they are not entitled to holiday pay, sick pay or minimum wage. 

Personal development | Best of HR books: February 2024

We delve into new book releases to find out what HR has been reading.

Workers' rights | ICO bans leisure centres from using biometric data to monitor employees

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered the public service provider Serco Leisure to stop using biometric data to track employees’ attendance. 

D&I | Intersectionality and adjustments at work: are we asking the right questions?

‘Poor’ and ‘inconsistent’ were the two most common terms used by disabled employees who took part in our Great Big Workplace Adjustments Survey to describe their experiences of getting adjustments.

AI | HR among top sectors to benefit from government AI grants, data reveals 

HR organisations are among those benefiting most from government grants for adapting to AI innovation, research has revealed. 

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Pay | Greggs, Estee Lauder and EasyJet named and shamed for minimum wage breach

Greggs, Estee Lauder and EasyJet are among 524 business that failed to pay their employees minimum wage between 2015 and 2023.

Menopause | Avanti West Coast under fire for menopause gift bags

Wellbeing

Avanti West Coast has faced criticism after its employee support group offered staff a gift bag that rail union representatives described as demeaning and insulting.

Remote working | Hot seat: Your work-from-home policy must address the drawbacks

Organisational design

Flexible, remote and hybrid working has been high on the agenda for most companies. Closing central city offices enables a cost saving as well as allowing for a much more agile workforce, which...

Cover story | The solution to the UK's productivity problem is in HR's hands, Part 2

Boardroom

Raising productivity could dig the UK out of stagnation and sustainably raise wages. In the second part of our January/February 2024 cover story, Dominic Bernard finds out why a word employees...

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Personal development | Lessons from the C-suite: Sandi Wassmer, ENEI

Sandi Wassmer, CEO at the Employers Network fro Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) shares lessons she's learned on her way to the top.

Working hours | Millions worked unpaid overtime in 2023, TUC reveals

Employers claimed £26 billion of free labour due to 3.8 million people working overtime in 2023, analysis from TUC has revealed.

Wellbeing | How can HR leaders help manage psychological stress in the workplace?

The physical health and safety of workers has been an ever-increasing priority for UK industries ever since the introduction of the Factories Act of 1833.

Flexible working | Four-day week continued by most trial participants

The largest global trial of the four-day work week has been deemed a success, as 89% of participating companies have continued adopting the practice a year on, research has showed.

Workers' rights | Offer menopause support or risk discrimination claims, says new guidance

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has issued new guidance on menopause for employers.

HR careers | Future leader: Emma Locke, Perfetti Van Melle

Emma Locke, change and communications lead for the confectionery manufacturer Perfetti Van Melle, shares her vision for the future of the profession.

Employment law | What impact would a right to disconnect have?

Australia has just joined some other countries, including France, Spain, Portugal and Belgium, in adopting a ‘right to disconnect’ from work in various forms.

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Cost of living learning hub

'Loud budgeting' is trending – here's what HR can learn

There’s a reason trends go viral. It’s because they tap into the zeitgeist and vocalise something lots of us are thinking. This is certainly the case with 'loud budgeting'. 

Employment tribunal fees may be re-introduced

Employment law

The government has proposed plans to introduce fees at employment tribunals in a move it said will claimants and employers to reach a settlement.

Young people turning down jobs over transport and uniform costs

Diversity & inclusion

Research found 5% of young people who are unemployed had to turn down a job because they cannot afford the costs to start, including rent, transport or uniform, according to NatWest and the Prince’s...

Earned Wage Access could calm money worries, CIPP says

Employee benefits

As the cost of living crisis continues, the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) is calling for employers to use Earned Wage Access (EWA) payroll to ease financial pressure on...