The 12 months of 2018: March

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It's been an eventful year for HR-related issues hitting the headlines. Our 12 Days of Christmas countdown revisits each month's most notable happenings

2018 Spring Statement

In his Spring Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged to provide more skills support to employers through investments in apprenticeships and T-Levels.

Plans included investing £500 million into T-Levels – new technical qualifications that provide an alternative to A-Levels and are set to be introduced in 2020 – as well as £50 million “to help employers prepare for the rollout of placements for T-Level students”.

While some welcomed the move others criticised the Statement for the lack of information surrounding Brexit, automation, and IR35.

MPs call for support for working fathers

A report by the Women and Equalities Committee found that workplace policies are failing to provide support for working fathers. “The evidence is clear – an increasing number of fathers want to take a more equal share of childcare when their children are young but current policies do not support them in doing so," said Maria Miller, MP and chair of the committee. "There is a historical lack of support for men in this area, and negative cultural assumptions about gender roles persist.”

The best bits of HR magazine in March...

Your organisation needs you: HRD to CEO

The number of HRDs moving into CEO positions or similar is still woefully small. In our cover piece we explore what might be holding HR back.

Armed forces: A rich pool of talent for hospitality

There are around 14,000 people who leave the armed forces each year. Ex-military personnel have a wealth of skills to offer the hospitality industry, as the sector faces hiring pressures exacerbated by Brexit.

Hollywood mindsets: The connection between power and harassment

If Hollywood wants to clean up its act post-Harvey Weinstein, it needs to engage in a mindset shift, and the same is true of the corporate world. Vlatka Hlupic and Ben Laker look at power through their Five-Level Emergent Leadership model.

Are appointments doomed to bias?

Co-founder and senior partner at Pearn Kandola, Binna Kandola looks at how a lack of self-reflection and denial make the possibility of bias in leadership appointments even more likely to occur.

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